Yesterday, the West Virginia Legislature convened for its 2017 Legislative Session. Your NRA-ILA anticipates that 2017 will be very busy, and we will work to ensure that our rights protected under the Second Amendment will continue to flourish in The Mountain State.
One NRA’s priorities this year is to pass pro-hunting legislation that seeks to expand Sunday hunting opportunities and protect our hunting heritage for future generations. This unnecessary time restriction forces countless hunters to stop hunting and prevents them from introducing their children to hunting because they are competing with organized sports and other activities on Saturday.
Currently, West Virginia allows hunting on Sundays in some counties on some private land. Other outdoor activities are allowed on Sunday, including those that take place on public and private property, such as fishing, hiking and golf. Restrictions on Sunday hunting effectively treat hunters as second-class citizens and tacitly endorse the view of animal extremists that there is something wrong with hunting. Such a view ignores the fact that hunting is part of America’s heritage and hunters contribute billions of dollars to wildlife and conservation programs, through license fees and revenues generated through purchases of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.
We will be updating you on the status of legislation in the near future so that you will be prepared to make your voice heard in support of the Second Amendment and our hunting heritage. To help with our efforts, please continue to check www.NRAILA.org and your email inbox for NRA-ILA alerts on the latest action items. Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you up to date on all Second Amendment and hunting related legislation.