Bill Summary for H 559 (2017-2018)

Summary date: 

Jun 6 2017
S.L. 2017-182

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 559 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 4, 2017
AN ACT TO EXPAND THE USE OF FIREARMS FOR HUNTING OF WILD ANIMALS AND UPLAND GAME BIRDS ON SUNDAY AND TO ALLOW HUNTING OF MIGRATORY BIRDS ON SUNDAY.
Intro. by Millis, J. Bell.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition. 

Modifies the limitations set forth in GS 103-2, concerning the method of take when hunting on Sunday. Amends subsection (a), allowing any landowner or member of the landowner's family, or any person with written permission from the landowner, to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on Sunday, provided that hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of worship in existence on or before June 1, 2017, or any accessory structure thereof, is prohibited (currently, does not specify a date of existence to which the prohibition applies to places of worship, and also prohibits hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a residence not owned by the landowner). Similarly, amends proposed subdivision (a1)(2), allowing any person to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on Sunday on public lands of the State managed for hunting, provided that hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of worship in existence on or before June 1, 2017, or any accessory structure thereof, is prohibited (previously, did not specify a date of existence to which the prohibition applies to places of worship, and also prohibited hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a residence). Further, modifies proposed subsection (a2), allowing the hunting of migratory birds on Sunday if authorized by proclamation or rules of the Wildlife Resources Commission, provided that hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of worship in existence on or before June 1, 2017, or any accessory structure thereof, is prohibited (previously, did not specify a date of existence to which the prohibition applies to places of worship, and also prohibited hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a residence). Makes organizational changes to subsection (a2).

Adds a new section amending Section 5(c) of SL 2015-144. Establishes that Section 5(b) of SL 2015-144 is effective October 1, 2020 (currently, October 1, 2017). Section 5(b) of SL 2015-144 amends GS 153A-129, authorizing counties to prohibit hunting on Sunday as allowed in GS 103-2, and sets out requirements that such an ordinance must meet. Makes conforming changes.

Makes conforming technical changes. 

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