Net Hunting: The Nonexistent Menace

States jump to outlaw something nobody actually does
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2007 11:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – States are rushing to ban internet hunting—despite the fact that nobody does it. Since hunting by remote control gun over the internet was floated as a business plan, a Humane Society campaign spread outrage, and 33 states have banned the practice—a bill has even been introduced in Congress. But the idea never got past the planning stages anyway.

The death toll from net hunting stands at one wild hog, in the first and only test of the system. This makes it easy for a wide variety of groups to get behind the ban, including the NRA. "It's pretty easy to outlaw something that doesn't exist. We were happy to do it," says an NRA lobbyist.