Kansas Voters May Make Hunting a Constitutional Right
People in Kansas are looking at the rest of the United States and beginning to become a bit worried. The reason this is so is due to the fact that other states are slowly but surely impeding upon the rights of hunters. In some cases, there are parts of states (parts full of open wilderness) that are closed off to hunting, fishing, or both. As the realization that hunting rights may soon be infringed upon sets in, the people of Kansas want to take action.
Under a newly proposed measure, hunting and fishing in the state of Kansas would be a Constitutional right. Kansas is not the first state to enact such a measure, but they do wish to be the next in line. The resolution, which originated in the House, was approved by the Senate and will now be put up for a statewide vote, which will take place early this upcoming November. At its core, the proposal will add a section to the existing Bill of Rights. This section will ensure that hunting and fishing are two preserved methods by which the state can manage wildlife. The measure would also mandate that any future efforts to prevent the hunting of or fishing for specific animals must first prove that the animal in question is endangered. So, for example, if conservationists would like to ban the trout season indefinitely, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that trout are, in fact, endangered and in need of protection.
This is a great move for the state not only because it preserves the ways of the past, but also because it preserves valuable revenue that streams in each year thanks to the hunting and fishing industries. We have to wait until the Fall until we hear any more word on this measure, but the widespread belief is that Kansas will vote in favor of preserving hunting in their state.