Hunting and Fishing on the ballot in TN


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shaggy430
October 13, 2010, 06:15 PM
TN is voting to make an amendment to the state constitution that hunting and fishing should be a constitutional right. I'm all for it. Here's the article out of the local paper.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/13/hunting-fishing-ballot/

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CoRoMo
October 13, 2010, 07:01 PM
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

This is what voters will see on the ballot when they go to the polls on Nov. 2:

“Shall Article XI, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee be amended by adding the following sentences at the end of the section: The citizens of this state shall have the personal right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law. The recognition of this right does not abrogate any private or public property rights, nor does it limit the state's power to regulate commercial activity. Traditional manners and means may be used to take non-threatened species.”

We had a discussion about Arizona's similar amendment. I think these amendments are nice. However, they basically mean nothing IMO. Those nine words that I emboldened, pretty much nullify this whole thing, making it a privilege, not a right. Some future state legislature could completely restrict (ban) all hunting within the state, as long as they couched the ban as "reasonable". This amendment wouldn't stand in their way.

It's nice though. Everyone in the state will get the impression that their hunting tradition is somehow protected by the government. If the 2A had contained those nine words, none of us could own guns today.

Buck Snort
October 14, 2010, 03:34 AM
Keep in mind there are NO unrestricted rights in this country and there never have been. From day one there've been limitations on what we can do with our constitutional rights and society would not be able to function if that were not the case.

Buck Snort
October 14, 2010, 03:36 AM
Keep in mind, there are NO unrestricted rights in this country and there never have been from day one. If that were not the case society would not be able to function.

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