The Kansas House approved a proposal Monday to amend the state’s constitution to declare an explicit right to hunt, fish and trap.
HCR 5008 passed by a voice vote. Rep. James Todd, R-Overland Park, who carried bill, argued that, under current law, hunting and fishing is a privilege, but that this would make it a right.
The bill later passed 117-7, well above the two-thirds majority needed, and will be sent to the Senate. It requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers to be added to the November ballot.
The proposal has strong backing from the National Rifle Association and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, which has argued that the amendment would make Kansas a more attractive tourism destination for hunters, especially if other states adopt stricter regulations on the sport.