To: Curtis Oda, Lee Perry, Jeremy Peterson, Val Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Paul Ray, Edward Redd, Marc Roberts, Angela Romero, Doug Sagers, Dean Sanpei, Jennifer M. Seelig,
Subject: sb165 Youth hunting permit
Date: Wed Feb 19 21:08:58 MST 2014
Did a parent or group of parents ask for the legislation to allow a child as young as 11 a hunting permit without taking the Hunters Safety course?
I personally can't imagine any parent would make that choice. When my sons were younger they went hunting with their dad but never carried a gun. My youngest son loved it, took the hunters safety course and still hunts every year with his son (who also took the hunters safety course). My oldest son not so interested. The experience of hunting without a gun will help a youth make up their minds without a dangerous weapon involved.
This type of legislation didn’t make much sense to me so after a bit of research I found the same legislation happening across the Country. This is a quote right off the NRA-ILA Institute for Legislative Action web page. “NRA has worked throughout the country to help bring a new generation of sportsmen to the field with the common goal of reducing barriers to hunting.” They use the term “try it before you buy it” in many of the bills.
Are you, as a Legislator, working for the NRA or for the best interests of the Citizens of Utah? I don’t know about you but I’m tired of National Corporations dictating our laws for their own gain. A yes vote on this bill would only be doing the NRA’s bidding.
I would like to add my name to the list of Utah citizens who think SB165 is a bad and possibly dangerous piece of legislation.