KXAN-TV,
Austin TX

Monday, December 11, 2006

By Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas A Texas lawmaker wants to give more hunters a chance to shoot
live animals — even if those hunters can’t see very well.

A bill has been filed for the 2007 legislative session that would permit
legally blind hunters to use laser sights, or lighted pointing instruments.

The lawmaker says visually impaired people are allowed to shoot now with the
aid of a sighted person, a requirement that would continue if the sights
were legalized.

Under existing law, the use of laser sights, spotlights and headlights is
strictly prohibited in all Texas hunting. The practice can have the effect
of making animals stand still as the light shines on them. Hunters using
sights under the proposed legislation would have to carry proof that they
are legally blind.

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