Texans Get to Vote on Right to Hunt and Fish

The Texas Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Amendment, Proposition 6 is on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred Constitutional Amendment.

The measure was introduced by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-4).

Should voters approve, the measure would provide for a right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods and would designate hunting and fishing as the preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.

It would not, however, affect current laws related to trespass, eminent domain or property rights, nor does the right affect the legislature’s power to authorize municipalities to regulate firearm discharge in populated areas.

If approved, Texas would become the eighth state since 2010 to enact a Constitutional right to hunt and fish and the 19th state overall.

The proposed amendment would add Section 34 to Article 1 of the Texas Constitution as follows:

“Sec. 34.

(a) The people have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to laws or regulations to conserve and manage wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.
(b) Hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.
(c) This section does not affect any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain.
(d) This section does not affect the power of the legislature to authorize a municipality to regulate the discharge of a weapon in a populated area in the interest of public safety.”

Where do you stand?

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