Senate Wants to Curb Drinking and Hunting

Virginia's General Assembly is considering a bill that would make it illegal for hunters to have more than trace amounts of alcohol in their system.

Some gun owners say the bill is unconstitutional. It's already illegal in Virginia to “hunt with firearms'' when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But the Senate bill further clarifies the state code so that a hunter with a blood alcohol content of .02 would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The state's drunken driving standard is .08. A House committee will hear the legislation this week.

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