Sunday Ban On Hunting Lifted

Posted: February 11, 2014

HARRISONBURG — The Senate voted to lift Virginia’s longtime Sunday hunting ban on Monday, leaving it just Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature away from becoming law.

McAuliffe supports lifting the ban, too.

Without debate Monday, the Senate voted 29-10 in favor of the proposal from Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Russell. The House of Delegates approved a similar bill in late January from Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock.

Each chamber must vote on the other’s bill before sending one to McAuliffe to sign.

The bills would allow Sunday hunting on private property, with the owner’s permission. Hunting will be prohibited within 200 yards of a church.

Virginia is one of only five states where Sunday hunting is against the law, Gilbert has said.

Various General Assembly members were unsuccessful in previous years in their attempts to lift the ban, particularly in the House, where rural lawmakers stood against the change. However, enough support was obviously gathered this year.

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