- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The sharp increase in sales of guns and ammunition in recent years has boosted wildlife programs in North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (https://bit.ly/1meGZbs) that a federal tax in place since the Great Depression sends money to wildlife research, game projects and hunter education in North Carolina and elsewhere.

North Carolina has received nearly $20 million from the tax on guns and ammunition this year. That’s more than three times as much as the state received in 2007.

Wildlife officials say the extra money has made up for cuts in state funding and allowed them to start new projects.

The increased revenue has led to parking lots, roads, new signs and boundary markers on the 2 million acres of game lands managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

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Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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