State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) voted on Wednesday to eliminate a mandate recently put in place by the unelected Natural Resources Commission (NRC) that could result in criminal penalties for deer hunters who fail to comply.
The NRC mandate that takes effect this year requires all hunters to report detailed information to the Department of Natural Resources within 72 hours of harvesting a deer in Michigan. Anyone who does not complete the online report can be charged with a misdemeanor. House Bill 6354, approved by the House on Wednesday, would prohibit the NRC from requiring hunters to report harvested deer.
“Fining hunters due to noncompliance goes way beyond the scope of the DNR’s purpose and is a serious overstep by the members of the NRC,” Meerman said. “Unelected bureaucrats do not, and should not, have the power to impose rules and penalties on Michiganders. Especially one as thoughtless as this. It’s entirely unreasonable to expect hunters to access the internet from deep inside our state’s dense forests.”
House Bill 6354 now advances to the Michigan Senate for further consideration.
“These firearm reforms violate due process and the personal protection rights of law-abiding citizens. We certainly should not be passing legislation that restricts an individual’s second amendment rights when our broken criminal justice system is not properly enforcing the laws already in place to keep dangerous offenders behind bars.”
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