HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A constitutional amendment voted on in Tuesday's election will make hunting and fishing in the State of Mississippi a constitutional right instead of a privilege.
The right to hunt initiative passed overwhelmingly by a nine to one margin. Some say the amendment is more ceremonial and does not change anything. Under the new amendment, the State Game Warden will work with Mississippi lawmakers to regulate seasons, license requirements, and bag limits.
Some opponents feel the amendment will weaken what is already one of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the country. District 104 State Representative Larry Byrd says this amendment has nothing to do with animal cruelty laws.
"This will amend Article three, Section 12 that provides for the right of every citizen to bear arms," said Byrd. This will add 12-A which will provide citizens the right to hunt and fish and we prefer the management of wildlife though conservation measures."
The amendment will go into effect when the legislature approves it next session.