People love to hunt and fish in Kansas. On Nov. 8, the National Rifle Association wants to make sure the Kansas Constitution includes the right to do these activities.
Vote “no” on Amendment 1. It’s the NRA’s silly attempt to keep scaring people into thinking their ability to carry around as many weapons as they want could be taken away at any moment. That’s nonsense, especially in gun-happy Kansas.
No serious person in the Sunflower State thinks their hunting and fishing rights are under attack.
Even a Republican state representative, Ken Corbet, told Kansas Public Radio he “doesn’t expect any efforts to limit hunting soon” — or for 40 to 50 years.
Some Amendment 1 supporters point out that a California ballot initiative once banned mountain lion hunting — in 1990. That hardly rises to a credible threat to hunting and fishing in Kansas in 2016 or into the future.
Keeping these rights out of the state Constitution will allow future lawmakers and residents to be able to quickly put in place any needed restrictions on hunting. Sometimes the people of a state want to ban certain types of hunting, such as for conservation reasons.
Ron Klataske, executive director of Audubon of Kansas, correctly pointed out recently that residents need the ability to prevent unsportsmanlike practices. “It’s ridiculous to put something like that in the state constitution,” he said.
Kansas does not need to enshrine the “rights” to hunt, fish and trap wildlife into the Constitution.