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Posted on January 28, 2014
In great news for Virginia sportsmen as well as the future of gun rights and hunting in the Commonwealth, today the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 1237 by a 71-27 vote - without the inclusion of any amendments, such as the local option amendment, which would have created a patchwork of confusing ordinances for Virginia hunters.
As previously reported, HB 1237, sponsored by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) and 39 colleagues, repeals the outdated ban on Sunday hunting on private lands with written permission from the owner - while still prohibiting hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship, the hunting of deer with dogs and the hunting of bear. This important pro-hunting legislation will encourage hunter retention and recruitment by allowing busy families the ability to teach hunting to the next generation, since school and sport activities often dominate Saturdays for children. In addition, it is unjustifiable for the state to deny the dramatic economic benefits that would be associated with allowing Sunday hunting, especially during these difficult economic times.
HB 1237 will now be referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. Its Senate companion legislation, Senate Bill 154, introduced by state Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), will be heard by that Senate committee a half hour after the end of the Senate session on Thursday, January 30, in Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building in Richmond. Please keep up the momentum of support for this important legislation and contact your state Senator now. Encourage him or her to support and vote for SB 154.
Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee: Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), Chairman Tazewell (804) 698-7538 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24) Mount Solon (804) 698-7524 email@example.com Senator John Watkins (R-10) Midlothian (804) 698-7510 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Frank Ruff (R-15) Clarksville (804) 698-7515 email@example.com Senator Don McEachin (D-9) Richmond (804) 698-7509 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Chap Petersen (D-34) Fairfax (804) 698-7534 email@example.com Senator Richard Stuart (R-28) Montross (804) 698-7528 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Dave Marsden (D-37) Burke (804) 698-7537 email@example.com Senator Bill Stanley (R-20) Richmond (804) 698-7520 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator John Miller (D-1) Newport News (804) 698-7501 email@example.com Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) Alexandria (804) 698-7530 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator John Cosgrove (R-14) Chesapeake (804) 698-7514 email@example.com
Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4) Mechanicsville (804) 698-7504 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33) Leesburg (804) 698-7533 email@example.com
Senator Lynwood Lewis, Jr. (D-6) Accomac (804) 698-7506 firstname.lastname@example.org
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