Law could change to allow bow hunters to carry handguns

by DYLAN WOOLF HARRIS  |  published on November 21, 2014

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A local lawmaker is on the verge of influencing policy change that would allow archery hunters to pack along more firepower than a bow and quiver of arrows – and the legislative session is still months down the road.

State wildlife regulators have agreed to begin the process to revise archery hunt rules.

As it stands now, outdoorsmen can be cited for a misdemeanor violation if they’re caught with a gun while hunting with an archery tag. The measure is in place to take away any temptation bow hunters might have to harvest game with a gun – which is considerably less challenging, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

But Assemblyman John Ellison, R-Elko, argued that until the law changes, hunters whose paths cross with wild animals, such as mountain lions, rattlesnakes and badgers, are without a reasonable option to fend off an attack.

“To me it is a Second Amendment issue,” Ellison said. “Why would you not want the right to protect yourself?”

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