Expanding access for gun owners and disabled hunters

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State Rep. Beau LaFave reintroduced a proposal to expand the rights of gun owners to transport their firearm while on private property.

“This important reform restores the lawful right of property owners to carry a gun on their own land in the manner they believe safe, and I am committed to protecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners,” LaFave said.

The current law for transporting or possessing a loaded firearm while riding a vehicle could result in a fine of up to $500 or 90 days in jail. House Bill 4331 would permit the transport and possession of a loaded firearm in or upon a vehicle, so long as the activity takes place on private property. An identical plan was approved by a majority of members in the House of Representatives last year, but was not taken up by the Senate.

“Sometimes a farmer is out managing their field and would like a varmint rifle with them to get rid of nuisance animals damaging their cropland,” LaFave said.

The bill was referred to the new House Committee on Military, Veteran Affairs and Homeland security, where LaFave is chairman.

LaFave also introduced a separate plan that would allow the use of pneumatic airbows during certain hunting seasons for individuals with either a permanent or temporary disability. They can be operated by an individual with only one arm, unlike bows and crossbows.

Licensed hunters with a disability that are unable to shoot a bow and crossbow would be allowed to get a permit to hunt with an airbow during bow season.

“Citizens with both arms can take advantage of deer hunting for three full months, while disabled individuals are relegated to a mere 19 days,” LaFave said. “Current law has the Department of Natural Resources straight up discriminating against people with upper body or limb disabilities who want to hunt.”

The bill referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation.

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