GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 772
Short Title: Ban Internet Hunting.-AB
Representatives Williams, Steen (Primary Sponsors); Barnhart, Church, Coates, England, Fisher, Goforth, Harrell, Hill, Hilton, Hollo, Johnson, LaRoque, Martin, McGee, Owens, Pate, Ray, Stam, and Tolson.
March 17, 2005
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to prohibit computer-assisted remote hunting.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Article 4 of Chapter 113 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 113-291.1A. Computer-assisted remote hunting prohibited.
(a) It is unlawful for a person to engage in computer-assisted remote hunting or provide or operate a facility that allows others to engage in computer-assisted remote hunting if the wild animal or wild bird being hunted or shot is located in this State.
(b) For purposes of this section "computer-assisted remote hunting" means the use of a computer or other device, equipment, or software, to remotely control the aiming and discharging of a firearm or other weapon, that allows a person, not physically present at the location of that firearm or other weapon, to hunt or shoot a wild animal or wild bird."
SECTION 2. G.S. 113-294 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
"(q) Any person who violates any provision of G.S. 113-291.1A is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor."
SECTION 3. G.S. 113-276.3(d) reads as rewritten:
"(d) Any violation of this Subchapter or of any rule adopted by the Wildlife Resources Commission under the authority of this Subchapter which is subject to a penalty greater than the one provided in G.S. 113-135(a)(1) is a suspension offense. Conviction of any of the following suspension offenses results in a suspension for a period of two years:
(1) A violation of G.S. 113-294(b).
(2) A violation of G.S. 113-294(c).
(2a) A violation of G.S. 113-294(c1).
(3) A violation of G.S. 113-294(e).
(4) Repealed by Session Laws 1999-120, s. 2.
(5) A violation of G.S. 113-291.1A.
A conviction of any other suspension offense results in a suspension for a period of one year."
SECTION 4. This act becomes effective December 1, 2005, and applies to acts occurring on or after that date.