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Calif. lawmakers look to ban Internet hunting

New bill would punish online hunters who shoot at targets by remotely operating rifles linked to video cameras.

A new California bill would punish Internet hunters who shoot at targets by remotely operating rifles linked to video cameras. The measure, approved unanimously by an assembly committee on Tuesday, would ban shooting at or killing any animal over the Internet, forbid bringing animals slain via the Internet into the state, and penalize violators with up to six months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000.

Fourteen other states are weighing similar bans, and earlier this year, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., introduced a House resolution that would outlaw Internet hunting nationwide and punish violators with up to five years in prison.