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Va. Senate Committee Votes to End Sunday Hunting Ban

Bill advances to Senate

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Lock and Load - on Sunday

An 18-year-old Fort Worth man was taken to John Peter Smith hospital Monday afternoon after he was hit in the back with a shotgun blast.

In Virginia, Sunday has always been a day of rest -- for hunters.

It's a blue law from way back but a Virginia General Assembly Senate committee just approved a bill to repeal the ban -- a bill that's gotten bottled up in past sessions.

But this week, the Senate Agriculture, Conservations & Natural Resources Committee passed a measure (11-4) to permit Sunday hunting on private land. It was related to a bill sponsored by Fairfax City Democratic State Senator Chap Petersen, which proposed the "private land" idea that was folded into the measure.

A Petersen staffer said the hearing on the bill produced some strange alliances -- foxhunters, animal activists & bird watchers joined the Farm Bureau in opposing a repeal of the ban. Outdoorsmen and women and civil libertarians united in favor of Sunday hunting.

"We've designated hunting and fishing as a constitutional freedom in Virginia," Said Sen. Petersen, "how can you restrict hunting one day of the week?"

Gov. Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Inland Game & Fisheries also support the repeal. Virginia is one of 11 states that restrict or ban hunting on Sunday.

The bill will now head to the full Senate for a vote.

Related Topics Virginia, guns, hunters, Chap Petersen
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