Virginia is one of the few remaining states in the United Sates where hunting on any private property or in public waters is not allowed on Sunday.
That could all change, as certain legislation is gaining momentum in the Virginia General Assembly despite heavy opposition from the region.
On Jan. 22, House Bill (HB) 1237, which was introduced by Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah County) and would allow Sunday hunting under certain circumstances, narrowly escaped the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources committee by a 12-10 vote.
And on Tuesday after press time, the Virginia House of Delegates voted the bill through 71-27, putting the fate of HB 1237 into the hands of the Senate.
Del. Margaret Ransone [R-Kinsale], who represents the 99th District in which Northumberland County is included, voted against HB 1237 in both committee and on the House floor, noting her district’s opposition to hunting on Sunday.
Ransone’s Legislative Director Ross Snare said that, based on information communicated to them by residents of their 99th District, people are opposed to a reversal of the ban because they note the six other days available for hunting, they want a quiet day and they don’t want to hear gunshots while at church.
Additionally, Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) of the neighboring 98th district, who also voted against the bill on the House floor, said that based on surveys of his constituents, 73 to 75 percent of each survey’s responders were opposed to Sunday hunting.
Hodges said their reasons included wanting at least one day of the week where they could go outside without worrying about being hit by a stray bullet.
Hodges added that most of the hunting clubs in his district to whom he had spoken expressed their opposition to the legislation.
According to Hon. E. Robert Giammittorio of Alexandria, who owns property and leases property in Northumberland County, hunting on Sunday is allowed on managed game preserves, which…
Pick up the Jan. 29 issue of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story!