Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bill to Ban Remote Control Hunting Introduced

A bill that would prohibit the use of remote-controlled, computer-operated weapons in hunting was introduced Thursday.

HB 1200, sponsored by Rep. John Soper, D-Thornton, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, applies to computers and software used to remotely control a weapon used in an effort to kill wildlife, including firearms and archery equipment.

It also prohibits computer-assisted remote hunting facilities, such as blinds, offices, rooms and weapons intended to facilitate remote-control hunting.

The bill specifies that a person who engages in remote-control hunting in the state commits a misdemeanor.

It does not apply to reasonable accommodations for disabled persons provided by the Department of Wildlife.