A bill that would ban competitions to take wildlife has passed the New York State Assembly.
The proposed legislation would make it illegal for any person to organize, sponsor, conduct, promote, or participate in any contest, competition, tournament, or derby where the objective is to take wildlife.
Assemblyman John Lemondes spoke against the bill on the assembly floor. He said, “this bill is dangerous for many reasons. Again, the essence of it is another attack on second amendment rights and hunting rights in New York State.”
The bill now needs to pass the senate and receive the governor’s signature to become law.
Lemondes’ full remarks and the bill’s full text can be read below: