While many of us are aware that the current administration is busy working to take away our second amendment rights, few are aware that the EPA and BLM are working hard to strip away your right to gold prospect and treasure hunt. Daily battles are being being fought at the state level to preserve the simple hobby of metal detecting as well. While the NRA is a well organized and funded lobby group with a media presence, we treasure hunters have a voice crying in the wilderness as well.
WWATS is hard at work fighting for our rights to pursue the activities we enjoy. Wayne "NuggetBrain" Peterson is the new president and has taken an active roll in amping up the efforts in the fight that WWATS is engaged in on our behalf. Please take a look at their website http://www.wwats.org/ and find a way to help in any manner that you can.
Good Luck and Good Hunting!