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Bill would allow people to hunt from motorized wheelchairs

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

People who rely motorized wheelchairs could soon be able to use them while they hunt in Michigan. 

Right now, it’s against Michigan law for a hunter to discharge a weapon from a motorized vehicle. 

The state House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee takes up a bill on Wednesday to allow hunters to use “personal assistive mobility devices.”

State Rep. Charles Smiley, D-Burton, says he was asked to sponsor the bill to help disabled hunters.

“Getting them out into the outdoors and able to do things that you and I can do … I think is a great thing,” says Smiley. 

The bill would allow hunters to fire a shotgun at small game from a “personal assistive mobility device.”

A similar passed the state House during the last legislative session, but died in the Senate.

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