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    Hunting To Be A “Right” in Arizona? - Desert Rat - The Premier Hunting and Fishing Blog of the Southwest!

    Hunting To Be A “Right” in Arizona?

    This came up a couple of years ago. I didn’t agree then, I don’t agree now. I’m not so sure hunting should be a “right”. Rather, I see it better as a privilege. The problem with making it a right is that it is then harder to take away - think poachers, for example. I know the intent is to ward off the anti’s, but I am not so sure it is the right approach.~DesertRat

    You can read the full article here: Hunting, fishing may be Arizona rights.

    A snippet from the article:

    Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale, has proposed House Concurrent Resolution 2008.

    It states that citizens would have a right to “hunt, fish and harvest wildlife” and make public hunting and fishing the “preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.”

    If supported by the Legislature, the resolution would put a proposed constitutional amendment on an upcoming ballot for the voters to consider. If approved by voters, it would become Arizona’s 36th right. The state’s 35 constitutional rights include the right to petition and assemble, right to bear arms and the right to a trial by jury.

    Ten states include hunting and fishing rights in their constitutions.

    In Arizona, a similar bill failed two years ago. It was opposed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and environmental groups.

    National Rifle Association lobbyist Matt Dogali said this time, the group is working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and other groups with a vested interest to find wording everyone can support. But he said that while the wording will likely change, the overall intent will not.

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