Gallivan Passes Bill Permitting Rifle Hunting in Wyoming County

March 09, 2011

FRESHMAN SENATOR PASSES FIRST BILLSenator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District) passed his first piece of authored legislation (S. 2385), a bill that will permit sportsmen to use rifles when hunting deer or bear in Wyoming County. The bill passed the Senate with near unanimous support. “Hunting large game by rifle is legally practiced across large portions of New York but has not been available to sportsmen in Wyoming County. This bill will rectify that, and at the same time bring economic activity to Wyoming County and further the county’s reputation as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts,” Gallivan said. The taking of deer and bear with a rifle is permitted in over 30 counties across New York State, including in Cattaraugus County directly to the south of Wyoming County. Senator Gallivan explained that he was proud that his first piece of passed legislation furthers the cause of sportsmen and enhances their rights, “sportsmen are an important constituency in Wyoming County and across New York. This bill, when signed into law, will allow Wyoming County residents to rifle hunt closer to home, while attracting hunters from surrounding areas into Wyoming County.”The chamber paused upon official adoption of S. 2385 to congratulate the freshman legislator for passing his first piece of legislation in the Senate. Senator Gallivan’s bill has a companion piece introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman Dan Burling (R- 147th District).-30-