AR-News: Sportsmen seek hunting guarantees
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Sat Mar 13 02:06:56 EST 2004
Sportsmen seek hunting guarantees
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Sportsmen are flexing their political muscle around the country, changing
laws in state after state to protect against what they see as threats to
In Pennsylvania, for example -- second to Texas in total licensed hunters --
sportsmen have hardly been under siege. Yet even there, the state
Constitution could soon carry a new guarantee:
"Right of the people to hunt and fish."
Exactly what that would mean is unclear. But the broader trend is quite
clear: Eleven states recognize citizens' right to hunt, fish or trap, mostly
through laws or constitutional changes approved in the last few years.
Six have begun the amendment process, the National Conference of State
Legislatures said. No one is even tracking legislation that has not yet come
up for a vote.
Many of the changes are attempts to enshrine in law control over practices
that sportsmen consider part of their tradition and that animal-rights
forces say are immoral.
Philadelphia Inquirer At a glance
Right to hunt
The right to hunt, fish or trap is explicitly declared in the following
By the constitution: Alabama, California, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode
Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin.
By statute: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana.
Constitutional amendments in process: Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New York,
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures
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