Firearms Dispute Delays Vote on Bear Hunt

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers have postponed a vote on a
proposed bear season in Kentucky because of a disagreement over how
heavily armed the hunters should be.
Wildlife officials are proposing a regulation that would bar
hunters who use old-fashioned muzzleloading rifles or bows and
arrows from taking more powerful firearms along as backup. Some
state lawmakers question whether that violates a constitutional
right to bear arms.
Democratic state Rep. Bob Damron of Nicholasville said Thursday
no vote will be taken on the proposed bear season until the
firearms dispute is resolved. The gun rights proponent said he has
no problem with other weapons-related provisions of the proposed
regulation, which bars bear hunters from using fully automatic
weapons, tracer bullets or steel-jacketed ammo.

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