October 21, 2019

Seeking Felony Charges for Poaching?

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*Editor’s Note* – Missing from the below quote and the entire article linked to, is that another result of a “felony” rap for poaching, is the right to have a gun. Now, don’t go flying off the handle before you hear me out.

Throw the book at poachers. Each state needs to decide the penalties for poaching. If Minnesota wants longer jail terms and heftier fines, then go nuts. Leave it in the state’s hands and discretion. Few people want lesser punishment for poaching.

But consider if you will, the times in which we live. As unfortunate as it might be, my first reaction when I read that the governor’s proposal was to up the charges for “certain” offenses that, “unlawfully take animals above a restitution value…” was one of distrust of government, gray areas, interpretations and lawyers.

A simple read through this article, it’s pretty easy to read it and say, “Damn right! Throw the book at these poachers!” And rightly that should be the case.

For me, I have no confidence in any government, especially a government led by a crook and an idiot (that’s Obama today. Who will it be tomorrow?) who wants to disarm the people and will use any tactic to do it. I could smell a rat here. The rat could and probably would, monkey with these laws in order to turn poaching into another means of gun control/disarmament.

Color me untrustworthy, but with the most corrupt government in existence today, and little faith it is going to get better any time soon, Minnesotans need to be careful what they ask for.

The governor’s request is to take gross violations of game and fish harvest laws from gross misdemeanor offenses to felony offenses. That changes the following: Potential jail time goes from up to a year to a year or more. Fines go from $2,000 to $3,000. Game and fish licenses could be revoked for up to 10 years.

Source: Amp up fines to stop flagrant poaching

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