RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would repeal the state’s ban on Sunday hunting on private property.
The bill had previously passed the House and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s spokesman said the governor intends to sign it into law.
Proponents of the bill say current law is outdated and hurts the state’s economy. Opponents said the ban made Sundays safer.
Virginia law currently states that Sundays are “declared a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal, except raccoons, which may be hunted until 2 a.m. on Sunday mornings.”
The legislation passed the Virginia House of Delegates by a 71-27 vote on Jan. 28 and was approved in the Senate 28-11. It allows Sunday hunting on private lands with written permission from the landowner.
“This is great news for Virginia sportsmen as well as the future of gun rights and hunting in the Commonwealth,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
The legislation is intended encourage hunter retention and recruitment by providing more opportunities for Virginia hunters.