A plan that would allow people to carry guns through the woods even if they’re not hunting has cleared a Senate panel.
Bowhunters, fishing enthusiasts or people out for a hike could carry a firearm and ammunition for self-defense under the proposal. The legislation would allow people who do not have licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons to carry firearms in the open.
The plan met opposition from state Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett, who said it would prevent authorities from citing people for hunting without permission on private land.
A similar plan cleared the House earlier this month and is also pending in the Senate.
The legislation is House Bill 358 and House Bill 419.