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Judge tosses lawsuit to end Pennsylvania Sunday hunting ban

Judge tosses lawsuit to end Pennsylvania Sunday hunting ban
Judge tosses lawsuit to end Pennsylvania Sunday hunting ban
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In 2013 group called Hunter's United for Sunday Hunting filled a lawsuit to have a long-standing ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania overturned, and on Wednesday a judge ruled on the case. According to an article publishing by, a judge has tossed out the lawsuit which would have made it legal to hunt on Sundays in Pennsylvania.

Despite what “weekends” were originally intended for, they have become known as time to spend with family and friends doing the things you love to do. Weekends give people the opportunity to unwind and take part in things they can't do during their work week, but what happens when there is a law stopping from doing that? If you are one Pennsylvania group, you file a lawsuit.

HUSH reportedly filed a lawsuit in 2013 stating that the ban on Sunday hunting is unconstitutional, and violates both the right to bear arms and freedom of religion. However, the Game Commission reportedly claimed that hunting was not a constitutional right.

On Wednesday, U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane tossed out HUSH's lawsuit. Kane informed the court that she found no basis to substantiate HUSH's claims that the Sunday hunting ban violates hunter's second amendment rights or their right to freedom of religion.

Interestingly enough in 2011 Pennsylvania lawmakers reportedly tried to repeal the Sunday hunting bad, and nearly succeeded with a vote of four to three in favor of tossing out the ban. However, reports that the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau stalled the action claiming that people should be allowed one day outside without “running into hunters or hearing gunfire.”

According to, Pennsylvania is one of 11 states that currently has a ban on Sunday hunting. The others states include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.