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State GOP lawmakers push hunting deregulation bills with help from Ted Nugent

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State Capitol 1 08-13-2020

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MADISON (WQOW) - GOP leaders in the Wisconsin legislature are pushing forward a package of bills aimed to ease restrictions on hunting and gun ownership, and got help publicizing the move from musician and hunting lobbyist Ted Nugent.

Inside the package of 13 bills are proposals that would allow hunting of sandhill cranes; make the DNR consolidate the different types of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to limit the number hunters need to apply for; and simplify a number of regulations for a variety of game seasons.

It also includes a constitutional carry bill, which would allow all Wisconsin residents to carry a gun without a permit.

Nugent is a spokesman for Hunter Nation, an organization that aims to make hunting more accessible across the U.S. that's backing the package. He says the bill would let people exercise their constitutional rights without roadblocks, just like any other amendment.

"I was born with constitutional carry. I have a First Amendment in all 50 states, on every street corner, without a permit, without a license, without paperwork," said Nugent. "I have a right to keep and bear arms on the ground in the United States of America. It's a God given right."

For a look at the bills in the package and their contents, click or tap here.

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