(Editor's note: The following is a review of the second of four state questions to be posed to voters on Nov. 4. The remaining questions will be published in upcoming editions of the News-Record.)
Predicted assaults against hunting and fishing rights by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or others have been cited as reasons that hunting and fishing rights should be protected in the Oklahoma Constitution.
State Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, said the proposal has the support of the Oklahoma and National Rifle Association.
The question will appear on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot as follows:
State question 742
“This measure adds a new section to the State Constitution. It adds Section 36 to Article 2. It gives all people of this state the right to hunt, trap, fish and take game and fish. Such activities would be subject to reasonable regulation. It allows the Wildlife Conservation Commission to approve methods and procedures for hunting, trapping, fishing and taking of game and fish.
“It allows for taking game and fish by traditional means. It makes hunting, fishing, and trapping the preferred means to manage certain game and fish. The new law will not affect existing laws relating to property rights.”
A “yes” vote supports the proposal.
A “no” vote expresses non-support.