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Kobach calls proposal to establish right to hunt ‘sexy and exciting’

Secretary of State Kris Kobach told reporters Thursday that he was pleased to vote for an amendment establishing a constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach told reporters Thursday that he was pleased to vote for an amendment establishing a constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap. The Wichita Eagle

Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an avid hunter, is excited about a statewide ballot question that would set up a constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap.

“I think our constitutional amendment is extremely sexy and exciting,” Kobach told reporters Thursday. “As a hunter I think, you know, enshrining a constitutional right to hunt is a good thing, so I was very pleased to cast my advanced ballot for it.”

Voter drop-off is a common phenomenon, Kobach said. Many voters will cast votes in the presidential election but will not continue down the ballot. The proposed amendment is the last item on Kansas ballots this year.

The proposed amendment’s language states that “people have the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to reasonable laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing.”

If a majority of voters answer yes to the ballot question, the language will be added to the Kansas Constitution and establish the right to hunt. The measure has been strongly supported by the National Rifle Association.

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3

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