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KS: Voters to decide if hunting to be consitutional right
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Ryan Flaming supports a constitutional amendment question appearing on the ballot in the general election. That's really not unexpected, as Flaming is an avid hunter.
“I like the idea,” Flaming said. “A lot of people hunt to feed their families, and I do not think people know that. … Hunting is an important part of how some people in Kansas survive.”
Constitutional Amendment 1 would add a new section to the state's Bill of Rights to explicitly preserve hunting and fishing. Any future measures seeking to limit hunting or fishing would need proof a particular animal could become endangered. If approved by voters, the measure would make the state among roughly 20 in which hunting and fishing are a constitutional right.
|Nineteen states guarantee the right to hunt and fish in their constitutions, with eighteen of those approved via the voters. While Vermont's language dates back to 1777, the rest of these constitutional provisions—in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming—have passed since 1996.