RICHMOND, Va.—It appears that Virginia’s ban on Sunday hunting will survive for another year. On Monday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources voted down legislation that would have lifted the ban. A House Committee rejected similar legislation last week.
Supporters of the measure said they were disappointed by the vote, but convinced that it’s only a matter of time until the state removes the ban. Mark Crain is the Chairman of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Delta Waterfowl. “We weren’t successful. The board voted not to pass it on the Senate,” Crain told News 7, “but it did get voted on this year. Usually, it just gets tabled in committee, so while it’s not a victory, we’re getting closer.”
The vote wasn’t close. Just two of 15 committee members were in favor of lifting the restriction. Virginia is one of six states in the nation that currently ban hunting on Sunday.