Senator Al Novstrup doesn’t want to follow the rules to protect the public from coronavirus; but at least he’s willing to make a small rule change to increase our protection from gun violence.
Senator Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) is a co-sponsor to Representative Rocky Blare (R-21/Ideal)’s House Bill 1112, which would expand the safety zone over which landowners can control or prohibit the discharge of firearms from 660 feet to 900 feet out from their occupied buildings.
660 feet is probably plenty of distance to keep stray shotgun pellets from doing much harm. But there are plenty of hunting rifles that can kill out to 900 feet and further. Besides, why be hunting in sight of any occupied buildings? Hunting is about getting out into the outdoors, into the wilderness, if you can find it.
But let’s see what science Blare brings to House Ag and Natural Resources when HB 1112 gets its first hearing… and let’s see if the NRA or other gun nuts show up to attack this safety measure as a gun-rights scorecard killer.