Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

Massachusetts: Bills to Increase Hunting Opportunities to Be Heard in Committee

Friday, September 15, 2017

Massachusetts: Bills to Increase Hunting Opportunities to Be Heard in Committee

Next week, on Monday, September 18, the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee will meet to discuss multiple bills to increase hunting opportunities in the Commonwealth.  Legislation of particular interest to hunters are as follows:

S. 445, sponsored by state Senator Donald Humason (R- 2nd Hampden and Hampshire), would legalize hunting on Sundays and H. 469, sponsored by state Representatives William Straus (D-10th Bristol) and Paul Frost (R-7th Worcester), would legalize bowhunting on Sundays.  

The prohibition on Sunday hunting is an old blue law left on the books in just a handful of states.  It denies hunters access one day per week despite the fact that each year, hunters pump millions of dollars into habitat restoration and conservation through Pittman-Robertson funds.

Many hunters are prevented from introducing their children or friends to hunting because they are competing against organized sports and other activities on Saturday, which is currently their only opportunity to hunt outside of the work or school week.  Countless hunters stop hunting because of the lack of opportunity, both in time and accessible land.  The addition of an extra day in the field, especially on the weekend, increases the opportunity to enjoy our hunting heritage.  Allowing hunting on Sundays would invigorate essential hunter recruitment and retention efforts.

S. 437, the Outdoor Heritage Act, sponsored by state Senator Anne Gobi (D-Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex), is an omnibus bill addressing a number of important issues including hunter harassment and firearm transportation on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and others.  

Currently hunter harassment violations only address those who disrupt hunting by means of annoyance, but fails to address property damage such as the sabotage of tree stands to endanger hunters.  In addition, the existing law regarding ATVs require firearms to be unloaded and secured in a case, with no exemption for those individuals licensed to carry firearms for self-defense.  The enactment of S. 437 would correct both of the aforementioned issues to benefit hunters in the field. 

NRA members and Massachusetts sportsmen are invited to attend the hearing and voice their support on these bills.  Additional information on the hearing and how to testify can be found here.


Monday September 18, 2017
11:00AM-2:00PM
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westborough, MA 01481

TRENDING NOW
Washington: Second Amendment Banned in First Amendment Spaces After the Signing of Anti-Gun Measure

Friday, May 14, 2021

Washington: Second Amendment Banned in First Amendment Spaces After the Signing of Anti-Gun Measure

On Wednesday, despite the thousands of calls, emails, and other communication from NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters, Senate Bill 5038 advanced out of the legislature and was signed into law

ATF Proposed Rule a Blatant Attack on American Gun Industry

News  

Saturday, May 8, 2021

ATF Proposed Rule a Blatant Attack on American Gun Industry

Two weeks ago we reported on a leaked document that appeared to be a new ATF proposed rule to amend several key definitions in federal firearm regulations

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Resurrected, Passes House

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Resurrected, Passes House

Yesterday, House Bill 1092, to expand Illinois’ program of suspending Second Amendment rights without due process, was resurrected after it previously had been re-referred to the House Rules Committee.

Texas: Constitutional Carry Bill Heading to Conference Committee

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Texas: Constitutional Carry Bill Heading to Conference Committee

The Texas House has sent House Bill 1927, constitutional carry legislation sponsored by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), to a conference committee to work out the differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the bill.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Signed or a Step Away from Potential Signature

Friday, May 14, 2021

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Signed or a Step Away from Potential Signature

Numerous pro-gun measures have advanced through the Oklahoma Legislature and been signed into law. 

South Carolina: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Friday, May 14, 2021

South Carolina: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Yesterday, the South Carolina General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session.

NRA Members Show Up In Droves to Oppose Federal Gun Control

News  

Monday, May 17, 2021

NRA Members Show Up In Droves to Oppose Federal Gun Control

On April 21st, your NRA-ILA announced that we will be spending at least $2 Million in the fight against Federal Gun Control.

Biden Goes All in On Calls for Extreme Gun Control

News  

Monday, May 3, 2021

Biden Goes All in On Calls for Extreme Gun Control

President Biden dropped any pretense at “moderation” in his first address to a joint session of Congress since assuming the presidency.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.