by Brian McCombie
Special to Deer & Deer Hunting
Right-to-hunt referendums will be on the ballot this fall in Arkansas, Arizona, South Carolina and Tennessee, "and Kentucky, inspired by the other states, is poised to follow in 2012," the Associated Press reported.
"Such constitutional guarantees are already in place in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures."
The reason? Animal rights groups and their attempts to chip away at hunt rights on the state level.
"Animals rights groups have pressed for restrictions on hunting in several states, including Kentucky where they tried to stop bear season from opening last year and in Minnesota this year where they pushed to ban dove hunting," the Associated Press noted. "The right-to-hunt measures would ensure that hunting could never be outlawed without a statewide vote of the people."
"The threat is very real," said National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. "These folks want to make hunting a crime."
"Every organization, both national and state, involved in hunting rights is involved in pushing this, and the gun rights lobby as a whole is in favor of it," added Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, which gave its support to these proposed amendments. "Protecting any form of gun rights is obviously in our interest."
SOURCE: Miami Herald