By Lee Tolliver
The movement to open Virginia to Sunday hunting gained momentum Thursday when the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-4 to turn a bill over to the full Senate.
Similar bills in years past have failed to make it out of committee.
“This has been a long journey,” said Matt O’Brien, a Suffolk hunter who two years ago started a Facebook page – “Legalize Virginia Sunday Hunting for All.”
“It’s game on now,” he said. “The Virginia Sunday Hunting Coalition gave a marvelous presentation.
I was not expecting this, and didn’t want to get my hopes up. But this is a huge day for Sunday hunting.”
The movement has had the support of other sportsmen’s groups, outdoors retailers, environmentalists and some lawmakers.
Several bills were rolled into one for Thursday’s session. The Senate now will review and vote on SB464, which allows private property owners to give permission to hunt on Sundays. Public lands would still be closed. Click Link Below For Full Story!
The original bill was introduced by Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk.