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GOP lawmaker's bill would allow crossbow hunting near schools, hospitals

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) is the lead author of an Assembly bill that would exempt crossbows from a state law that prohibits hunting within 1,700 feet of a school or hospital.

Under Assembly Bill 8, which Rep. Kleefisch introduced last Friday, the 1,700 feet provision would only apply to people hunting with a firearm, not to crossbow or bow and arrow hunters.

Reached by phone Monday morning, Rep. Kleefisch said the goal of the bill is to make sure more children have access to archery and bow hunting.

Rep. Kleefisch said that while his bill does not put any limitations on how far bow hunters can be from a school or hospital, he is open to suggestions and wants to make sure the final version of his bill does not violate any federal restrictions.

Rep. Kleefisch said that while bullets from a firearm can travel for miles, the longest range for a bow and arrow or crossbow is 300 to 450 feet.

You can find the full text of the bill here.

27 News will have more on this story tonight at 5 and 6.

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