1000' from dwelling bill introduced in Mass.

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  1. Eschutz

    Eschutz Senior Refuge Member

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    Hey Guys-

    I'm a DHC guy, but wanted to share with you our problems and hopfully get some help.

    3/17/11

    A bill in Massachusetts could drastically decrease land open for hunting.

    House Bill 657, introduced by Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D- Suffolk), would double the size of the state?s no hunting zones near occupied dwellings.

    Currently, state law prohibits possessing a loaded firearm or hunting on someone else?s land within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling without the dwelling owner?s permission. This bill would arbitrarily double that distance to 1,000 feet.

    If passed, the bill would force sportsmen to get permission to hunt from adjacent land owners even on many of the lands they currently hunt. In effect the bill could shut down vast tracks of land that are currently open to hunting.

    ?This bill could prohibit sportsmen from hunting on lands they have enjoyed for years simply because the person living next door doesn?t like hunting,? said Jeremy Rine, U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance associate director of state services. ?The current 500 foot no hunting restriction is already excessive, there is no justifiable reason for further limiting the amount of private land available to hunters.?

    Take Action! Massachusetts sportsmen should contact their state representative ask them to oppose HB 657. Tell them there is no justification for limiting hunting land access and for infringing on private property rights. To find your state representative?s contact information, please visit www.ussportsmen.org/LAC.

    Thank you,

    Erich
     
  2. Eschutz

    Eschutz Senior Refuge Member

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    All of us up here in the northeast are doing our best to fight this proposed bill tooth and nail.

    There are currently 3.1 million acres that fall within 500' of an occupied building. The 500' zone around one occupied dwelling is 18 acres. Doubling the distance will increase the area around occupied dwellings four fold! 18 acres becomes 72 acres! The math doesn't quite work out, but multiplying 3.1 million acres of total easement becomes 12.4 million acres. Just so everyone knows, the total acreage of the state of mass is 6.755 million acres! I realize that many of the easements will overlap so this argument is not 100% accurate, but it is a scary revelation!

    We could use all the support we can muster. If anyone wants to voice their opinion and give us some support, please use one or all of the emails below and send your thoughts as to why this bill should not be passed. If this bill is passed in Mass, surrounding states will no doubt begin to follow suit and soon the 2nd amendment rights will be threatened more than they already are!

    Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr
    Republican, North Reading
    Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov

    Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo
    Democrat, Winthrop
    Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

    Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr
    Republican, Gloucester
    Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov

    President of the Senate Therese Murray
    Democrat, Plymouth
    Therese.Murray@masenate.gov
     

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