Sportsmen’s Group’s Lawsuit Seeks To End PA.’s Sunday Hunting Ban

July 19, 2013
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A lawsuit was filed this week against the Pennsylvania Game Commission by a sportsmen’s group seeking to end Pennsylvania’s ban on Sunday hunting.

Hunters United For Sunday Hunting claims in their suit that the prohibition against hunting on the seventh day conflicts with the right to bear arms, that the Constitution’s equal-protection clause is violated because farmers are allowed to kill predators on Sunday, and even that it interferes with the religious rights of hunters.

The Game Commission has recently hinted they would favor the lifting of the ban if the state legislature so authorizes it.  Such a bill was unveiled in Harrisburg two years ago, but it died in session with the major opposition coming from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, whose representatives argued that farmers and others favor one day of the week free from the sights of hunters and the sounds of the firing of guns.

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