Duck Hunting on Beach Sparks Resident Complaints, Proposed Legislation
How far should duck hunting occur from residential housing? State Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. thinks the distance in current state law isn't far enough.
State Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. (Democrat- District 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) says he plans to submit new legislation after receiving several complaints about duck hunting on a Portsmouth beach.
Gallison, who says he's submitted similar legislation in the past, has received several e-mails from residents of the Kings Grant development off West Main Road.
The residents claim duck hunting has been occurring on a nearby beach and much too close to their homes.
"For some reason, the beach in front of Kings Grant has become a popular location for duck hunters," wrote resident Mike Doyle.
"The law in Rhode Island allows hunters to fire weapons within 500 feet of an occupied residence. That is really very close when you have pets, children and grandchildren who also walk the beach."
The state rep says he agrees with residents — there should be further distance between hunting and residential housing.
Doyle said he would like to see duck hunting banned as far south as the Eastern Passage Yachting Center or 2,00 feet into the reserve area south of Kings Grant.
Gallison says he hopes to have the new legislation submitted as early as Thursday.