The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) is the state’s largest and nation’s oldest firearms advocacy organization. Since 1871, their organization has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports. Their membership consists of individuals and clubs throughout the state. They are a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization and the official NRA-affiliated State Association in New York.



The Shooter’s Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) was founded in 1965 by a group of firearms owners in western New York.  SCOPE is a civil rights organization focused on the protection and preservation of the right of firearms ownership as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  The founding of SCOPE and its subsequent growth were in response to the attacks on the Second Amendment as being outmoded in modern times or not being applicable to the rights of individuals.  In other words, firearms ownership, much less use, was no longer considered by some to be politically correct.



New York State Conservation Council's (NYSCC) mission is to aid in the formulation and establishment of sound policies and practices designed to conserve, protect, restore and perpetuate forests, wildlife and scenic and recreational areas with especial regard to the state of New York, to the general end that the present and succeeding generations may continue to enjoy and to use these great natural resources. 



NYS Fish and Wildlife Management Board

The New York State Fish and Wildlife Management Act was passed by the Legislature in 1957 and established Regional Fish and Wildlife Management Boards (FWMB) in each Department of Environmental Conservation region that are comprised of county-appointed representatives of government, landowners and sports persons from each county in the region.




The New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) was established by law to make recommendations to state agencies on state government plans, policies, and programs affecting fish and wildlife.



Western New York Environmental Federation (WNYEF) is a subdivision of the NYS Conservation Council. Delegates from Niagara, Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County discuss important issues pertaining to their region and represent Region 9 at the state level.