“For some reason, the leadership doesn’t want to bring this up,” he said. “Every year, it gets brought up, and every year, it gets shot down.”
In 2011, Gobi proposed legislation that would have allowed shotgun hunting on Sundays, but the bill never came up for a vote.
And her timing couldn’t have been worse. Shortly after filing the bill, a 66-year-old Norton woman walking her two dogs just was shot and wounded by a hunter who claimed that he thought she was a deer. The woman recovered from her injuries and the hunter, an off-duty state trooper, was not charged.
“The bill got some traction and after that nobody wanted to touch it,” Gobi said.”We got a lot of pushback on that one.”
Gobi said the non-hunting public tends to be more accepting of bows and arrows than shotguns. Because of that, she thinks the bow proposal has a better chance of passing.
Christian M. Wade covers the Massachusetts Statehouse for CNHI newspapers. He can be reached at email@example.com.