GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

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Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal ivory trading is flourishing, and the U.S. wants to crack down on ivory sales as a way of combating elephant and rhinoceros poaching.

But federal rules announced in February are making it difficult for owners of some musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade such items.

A GOP-controlled House subcommittee is working to block the Obama administration's rules as part of a measure funding the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Complaints about the rules have come from owners of objects made of ivory that was legally imported before bans were imposed in 1975 and 1990 to sell such items. Those bans stripped away much of the objects' value.

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