Bill Summary for H 324 (2019-2020)

Summary date: 

Mar 11 2019
S.L. 2019-107

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 324 (Local) Filed Monday, March 11, 2019
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO LOCAL HUNTING ACTS FOR CALDWELL, CLEVELAND, CUMBERLAND, AND YANCEY COUNTIES.
Intro. by Hastings.

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Repeals the following laws relating to hunting in Cleveland County: SL 1907-388 (prohibits taking any fox in Cleveland County or the part of Burke County south of Catawba River between the first day of March and the first day of December unless the fox is depredating among domestic fowls or destroying something of value); SL 1951-1101 (prohibits taking red foxes); and Sections 1, 3, and 6 of SL 1979-587 (requires written permission of a landowner or lessee to carry a rifle, to hunt, or to hunt deer; limits the scope of the law's provisions to Cleveland County lying north of US Highway 74 and south of secondary road 1361 and NC Highway 182). Makes conforming changes to GS 113-133.1(e), which explicitly retained certain local acts of Cleveland County notwithstanding the limitations set upon local regulation of wildlife. Amended to specify Sections 2, 4, and 5 of SL 1979-587 are retained as applicable to Cleveland County.

Amends SL 1979-587 to now prohibit the discharge of any firearm from, to, or across the roadway or right-of-way of any State-maintained road or highway (was, discharge of any centerfire rifle from, to, or across any State-maintained road or highway), punishable by a fine of at least $100 but no more than $250 and/or imprisonment no more than 30 days. Makes conforming changes to clarify the transportation of the firearm is permissible within or on a motor vehicle. Changes the enforcement provision of the act, now granting authority to law enforcement to enforce the act without first receiving a landowner or lessee's request. 

Amends Section 1, SL 2018-10, adding Cleveland County to the scope of the act, which establishes an open season for taking foxes with weapons and foxes and coyotes  by trapping during the trapping season set by the Wildlife Resources Commission, with no tagging requirements before or after sale and no bag limit.

Effective October 1, 2019.

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