A Frederick County delegate has proposed legislation that would expand rules allowing bow hunters to carry handguns.
Delegate David E. Vogt III (R-District 4) testified in support of House Bill 636 in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as part of a lengthy hearings on “gun bill day.” It would make an existing provision that the Department of Natural Resources can’t bar a licensed bow hunter 21 or over from carrying a handgun a statewide law.
The hunter would have to be otherwise authorized to carry the handgun and would not be allowed to use it to kill wounded wildlife.
The current law restricting DNR applies only to a person hunting deer in deer management region A, which includes Allegany and Garrett counties and part of western Washington County.
Vogt said that the bill was modeled after one passed unanimously four years ago. The idea behind it is to help hunters defend themselves in case of a bear attack or other dangerous situation in the woods.