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Virginia Hunting Heritage is Under Attack!

Friday, April 8, 2005

In a continuing battle over the constitutional rights of hunters, a local government is attempting to redefine hunting in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In a recent development in the escalating saga involving the Nelson County, VA, Board of Supervisors and Orion Sporting Group LLC, the county has now filed a subpoena for a list of gun owners and hunters who were interested in participating in Orion’s pheasant hunts held last month.

On March 24, 2005, the Honorable Michael Gamble dismissed Nelson County’s request for an injunction against Orion which sought to prevent Orion’s hunter safety procedures. Now, the desperate county Board has taken to harassing not only the Orion Group, but they’ve also signaled their intentions to invade the privacy of Virginia sportsmen!

On April 13, 2005, at 12:00 p.m. in the Lovingston Courthouse, Judge Gamble will preside over a hearing to consider the county’s motion to redefine hunting, as well as to dismiss Orion’s suit against the county over the constitutional right to hunt. The right to hunt in Virginia, like many other states, is protected and legislated by the General Assembly according to the Virginia constitution. Yet, a defiant Nelson County persists in its attacks on Virginia’s sportsmen and the constitutionally protected right to hunt!

Virginia NRA members and sportsmen, please contact the Nelson County Board of Supervisors and strongly urge them to stop their attacks on hunting in Virginia. Contact information for the Nelson County government can be found at: www.orionestate.com/alert.html-- and please be sure to share this information with your family, friends and fellow sportsmen!

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