Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 5008 by a resounding 117-7 vote. HCR 5008 proposes an amendment to the Kansas Constitution that will affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish, and trap as such:
The people have the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to reasonable laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights or water resources.
Hunting, fishing, and trapping are not only cherished American traditions, but paired with science, are an integral part of wildlife management and conservation. Unfortunately, misguided extremists have been trying for decades to incrementally or outright ban hunting, fishing, and trapping. This amendment guarantees that sporting traditions that you have enjoyed will still be around for future generations of Americans and that regulations will always be based on sound science.
HCR 5008 will now go to the Senate where it will be referred to a committee for further consideration. Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated as this legislation advances through the Kansas Legislature.