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Old 12-12-2006, 05:28 PM   #1
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Texas bill: Let blind hunters use lasers

Dec 11, 3:32 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A lawmaker in this firearm-friendly state wants to help more people get the chance to shoot live animals - even if those people can't see.

A bill filed for the 2007 legislative session would permit legally blind hunters to use laser sights, or lighted pointing instruments.

"This opens up the fun of hunting to additional people, and I think that's great," said Republican Rep. Edmund Kuempel, the bill's sponsor.

Visually impaired people are allowed to shoot now with the aid of a sighted person, he said, a requirement that would continue if the sights were legalized.

"I've seen this on TV before, when they're taking target practice," Kuempel said. "When they aim the gun, the guide tells them, aim two inches higher or two inches lower and you're on the target, and you're off and running."

Kuempel's bill would give the state until Jan. 1, 2008, to come up with a definition of legally blind so the law could be enforced.

Under existing law, the use of laser sights, spotlights and headlights is strictly prohibited in all Texas hunting. The practice can have the effect of making animals stand still as the light shines on them. Hunters using sights under the proposed legislation would have to carry proof that they are legally blind.

The Legislature convenes Jan. 9 for its 140-day session
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interesting...

i guess they shouldnt be restricted from doing so.. i just hope they dont get lost in the woods while hunting.
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i really don't know what to say about that one. i would prefer my hunting partner to actually what the hell they are shooting at. if i wanted to take the chance of being shot, i would hunt with dick chaney.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:27 AM   #4
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there is something here we are not seeing...

my guess would be that they want to legalize the use of lazers while hunting, then not enforce the (you have to be blind) part.
this part is the most important "The practice can have the effect of making animals stand still as the light shines on them"
no person in their right mind would hunt with a blind or nearly blind man.
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hey but you texans are about to be the first ones to let blind people hunt, I cant wait to hear the many accidental shootings that are gonna occur..You go Texas
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