Missouri Senate gives initial approval for penalty for fatal hunting accidents

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 1:01 p.m. CDT; updated 7:38 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

*The original headline on this article incorrectly reported the status of this bill in the Missouri Senate.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have endorsed legislation allowing the Conservation Commission to levy tougher penalties on hunters who accidentally kill someone.

The measure would let the commission impose a 10-year suspension of hunting privileges on anyone who accidently kills another person while hunting. Officials already can suspend hunting privileges for up to five years when someone is injured by a weapon in a hunting accident. Commissioners would decide whether to invoke the penalty.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey proposed the tougher penalty after the husband of a constituent was killed in a hunting accident.

Fellow Republican Sen. Jason Crowell objected. He pointed out that motorists are not barred from driving after hurting someone else in an accident.

The measure needs another Senate vote before moving to the state House.


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Cecilia Garza April 4, 2012 | 6:39 p.m.

The headline and the last sentence of this article have me confused. Maybe it's because I don't know enough about the chain of government, but question: Does the fact that the measure needs another Senate vote before moving to the state House mean that the penalty is, in fact, NOT approved by Senate yet.

The headline reads, "Missouri Senate approves penalty" and the last sentence reads, "The measure needs another Senate vote before moving to the state House."

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frank christian April 4, 2012 | 7:44 p.m.

From a story in an Outdoor Life magazine, long ago. If you want one to pay for shooting you, in a hunting accident, hope that he does not kill you.

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