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Bill Aiding Visually Impaired Hunters in Louisiana Heads to Governor’s Desk!

Friday, June 19, 2009

On Wednesday, June 17 House Bill 39, sponsored by State Representative Henry Burns (R-9), received its final concurrence.  It is now en route to the desk of Governor Bobby Jindal (R) for his consideration.  Simply put, HB39 would authorize the use of laser scopes by visually impaired hunters.

Currently, visually-impaired hunters are accompanied by sighted persons who help to identify game and engage in the daunting task of gazing over the hunter’s shoulder and making a best guess as to whether the visually-impaired hunter’s rifle or handgun is properly aligned to ensure a clean and humane harvest.  HB39 makes great strides toward eliminating the guesswork for visually-impaired hunters and their partners -- guesswork that is never faced by sighted hunters looking through the crystal clear glass of their riflescopes.

Allowing for the use of laser sighting devices will provide visually-impaired hunters a far greater degree of certainty.  It will also result in higher success rates and possibly encourage more visually-impaired citizens to enjoy hunting in the “Sportsmen’s Paradise.”

Please contact the Governor TODAY and respectfully urge him to sign HB39 into law.  Please click here to email Governor Jindal.

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