One outgrowth of American history is the large demand and matching supply of firearms on the American scene. Projected demands for the future indicate that the firearms industry will continue to be an important sector of our economy. In addition, firearms play 'a significant sociological role in modern society. These socio-economic aspects of firearms in America bear heavily on the field of conservation and natural resources management. Much proposed firearms legislation stands to have an adverse effect on the conservation movement, and for this reason warrants careful consideration by professional workers interested in the future of our natural resources.