SB451 HFAT Hamilton 3-2

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Delegate Hamilton moves to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Com. Sub. for Sen. Bill No. 451 – “A BILL to amend and reenact §20-2-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §20-7-9 of said code, all relating generally to hunting and fishing; authorizing the use of certain technologies for hunting coyote, fox, racoon, opossum, and skunk; regulating firearm use and possession in certain places; prohibiting the use of a drone or unmanned aircraft to wound, harass, or transport wildlife; allowing certain persons to carry firearms, including handguns, rifles, or shotguns, for self-defense with certain exceptions; creating a misdemeanor and providing penalties for catching, taking, killing or attempting to catch, take, or kill any fish by any means within 200 feet of agency personnel stocking fish into public waters; removing a limitation on the starting time for Sunday hunting on private lands with the landowner’s permission; providing that the misdemeanor offenses of hunting, trapping, or fishing on the lands of another person, entering posted lands, hunting on private land on Sunday without written permission, and destroying posted land signs will all carry penalties equivalent to the penalty for the offense of criminal trespass; providing increased penalties upon conviction of second and subsequent violations of certain natural resources laws; permitting Sunday hunting on public lands; permitting noodling, or fishing for catfish using one’s bare hands; and making technical changes.”