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South Carolina Right to Hunt Amendment Still Needs Work

Monday, April 21, 2008

Please Contact Your State Senator Today!

NRA continues to work with key State Senators in Columbia to fix H 3202, the Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment.  As originally passed by the House, this legislation would have allowed South Carolina voters to vote on an amendment to the South Carolina Constitution that would have recognized the Right to Hunt and Fish for future generations.   

This version included two of the most important protections--protecting the right to hunt species "traditionally pursued," and the right to use "traditional methods" for taking game.  Unfortunately, the bill was amended in the Senate, removing both of these critical protections.  Negotiations have led to a proposed version, which is an improvement, which does protect hunting wildlife "traditionally pursued," but still falls short of protecting "traditional methods."  In other words, virtually every method currently used by hunters could be prohibited in the future.  Bowhunting, using modern centerfire rifles, even black powder hunting could face elimination.  The only way to ensure hunting is fully protected in the Palmetto State is if H 3202 includes language that protects "traditional methods" used for taking game.   

Please contact your State Senator and urge him or her to work with NRA to ensure H 3202 includes specific protections for hunting game "traditionally pursued," as well as for using "traditional methods" for taking game.  To find your State Senator please click here.

 

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