Mississippi Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, HCR 30 (2014)
- 1 Text of measure
- 2 Background
- 3 Support
- 4 Opposition
- 5 Path to the ballot
- 6 Related measures
- 7 See also
- 8 Additional reading
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The Mississippi Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, HCR 30 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Mississippi as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would establish a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest game species throughout Mississippi.
In Mississippi, a proposed amendment can be passed by majority vote, provided that the total number of votes cast on the initiative equals at least 30 percent of the total votes cast in the election.
Text of measure
The official ballot text is as follows:
|“|| House Concurrent Resolution 30 - This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.
- See also: Article III, Mississippi Constitution
|Section 12A. The people have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject only to laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing, as the Legislature may prescribe by general law. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section may not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, the regulation of commercial activities or the maintenance of levees pursuant to Article 11.|
|Voting on Hunting & Fishing|
|Not on ballot|
Seventeen states have constitutional amendments providing for the right to hunt and fish. Vermont was the first state to constitutionalize such a right in 1777. The other sixteen states have all adopted right to hunt and fish amendments since 1996:
California and Rhode Island have constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to fish, but not to hunt.
Mississippi's neighboring state, Alabama, will also be voting on a right to hunt and fish amendment in 2014.
The measure was introduced into the legislature by Rep. Lester Carpenter (R-1).
The amendment received unanimous support in the Mississippi Senate.
- Rep. Lester Carpenter (R-1)
- Rep. Charles Busby (R-111)
- Rep. Tracy Arnold (R-3)
- Rep. Mark Baker (R-74)
- Rep. Manly Barton (R-109)
- Rep. Jim Beckett (R-23)
- Rep. C. Scott Bounds (R-44)
- Rep. Randy Boyd (R-19)
- Rep. Chris Brown (R-20)
- Rep. Larry Byrd (R-104)
- Rep. Gary Chism (R-37)
- Rep. Carolyn Crawford (R-121)
- Rep. Becky Currie (R-92)
- Rep. Dennis DeBar (R-105)
- Rep. Scott DeLano (R-117)
- Rep. Andy Gipson (R-77)
- Rep. Jeffrey Guice (R-114)
- Rep. Joey Hood (R-35)
- Rep. Kevin Horan (R-21)
- Rep. Trey Lamar (R-8)
- Rep. Rita Martinson (R-58)
- Rep. Brad Mayo (R-12)
- Rep. Doug McLeod (R-107)
- Rep. Nolan Mettetal (R-10)
- Rep. Tom Miles (D-75)
- Rep. Alex Monsour (R-54)
- Rep. Ken Morgan (R-100)
- Rep. Brad Oberhousen (D-73)
- Rep. Bill Pigott (R-99)
- Rep. Randy Rushing (R-78)
- Rep. Jerry Turner (R-18)
- Rep. Jason White (R-48)
- Rep. Charles Young (D-82)
- Rep. Henry Zuber, III (R-113)
- Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
- National Rifle Association (NRA)
- Safari Club International
- Lacey Biles, spokesperson for the National Rifle Association (NRA), stated, "Years down the road, even a hunter-friendly state might turn the other way. It might be 20 years down the road, it might be 50. That's the whole point of a constitutional amendment, to protect the future, and a hunting heritage that is rich in Mississippi currently, we want that to be enshrined for generations to come."
There is no organized opposition to the amendment.
- The Humane Society
- Tracy Coppola, director of the Humane Society’s Wildlife Abuse Campaign, said, “[The amendment] could prevent really progressive reform that would be necessary if there were really egregious abuse, certain forms of trapping like the kind we’re trying to fight against in Maine.”
Path to the ballot
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- See also: Amending the Mississippi Constitution
The amendment was required to be approved through a two-thirds vote in both state legislative chambers. HCR 30 was approved by the Mississippi House of Representatives on March 15, 2013. The amendment was approved by the Mississippi Senate on April 10, 2013.
March 15, 2013 House vote
|Mississippi HCR 30 House Vote|
April 10, 2013 Senate vote
|Mississippi HCR 30 Senate Vote|
- Mississippi Legislature, "House Concurrent Resolution 30," accessed February 17, 2014
- Mississippi Legislature, "House Concurrent Resolution 30 Text," accessed February 17, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Mississippi Press, "Mississippi voters to decide on right to hunt and fish amendment," February 16, 2014
- Sun Herald, "Analysis: Voters may enshrine right to hunt, fish," February 16, 2014
- NRA-ILA, "Mississippi: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Needs Your Help!," March 30, 2012
- Safari Club International, "Support Letter for HCR 30," accessed February 17, 2014
- Sun Herald, "Mississippians could make hunting a right," September 6, 2014
- Governing, "'Right to Hunt' Amendments Pit Gun Rights vs. Animal Welfare," September 19, 2014
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