威斯康辛州法生效 允许10岁以下儿童持枪打猎

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月16日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

威斯康辛的白尾鹿(资料照)
威斯康辛的白尾鹿(资料照)

如今,10岁以下的孩子可以带着枪在威斯康辛州的森林里打猎了。

这项由共和党籍州长斯科特·沃克在上星期签署的法律于星期二生效。法律放松了对儿童打猎的限制,允许儿童在一名经过训练的成年人陪伴下持枪打猎。在修改法律的两个星期前,德克萨斯一座教堂刚刚发生了枪击惨案,造成36人死亡,在全美重新激起有关枪支控制的辩论。

之前的法律规定,10岁以下儿童只能跟随一名持枪的成年人打猎,但自己不能持枪。新州法取消了这一年龄限制,10岁以下的孩子也可以拿枪了。

美国有几十个州允许孩子打猎,不过很多州对孩子可以猎取的动物种类、孩子是否可以携枪以及到多大岁数才能持枪有限制措施。

威斯康辛州的这项法律生效之时,正值州内每年一度、历时九天的持枪猎鹿期的开始,人们可以在威斯康辛州的大片树林中猎杀白尾鹿、熊、野火鸡和其它动物。

New Wisconsin Law Allows Children Under 10 to Hunt

Children younger than 10 years old are now allowed to carry guns and hunt in Wisconsin.

A bill signed into law Saturday by Republican Governor Scott Walker last week went into effect Monday, easing restrictions on children who are hunting while accompanied by trained, licensed adults.

The new law eliminates a previous age restriction and allows younger children to carry their own weapons.

Previously, children as young as 10 could hunt with a mentor at least 18 years old who had gone through a hunter safety course or had military training if younger than 44. The mentor and student could have just one gun between them and had to stay within an arm's reach of one another.

Dozens of states in the U.S. allow children to hunt, though many have restrictions on which animals children can hunt, whether they can carry their own firearms and how old they have to be.

The Wisconsin law came into effect just ahead of this Saturday's opening of the state's annual nine-day period of deer hunting by gun. But several hunting seasons are already underway in the state, including those for pheasant, rabbit and squirrel.

The law's signing also came just days after 25 people and an unborn child died in a shooting at a church in Texas, adding fuel to the country's continuing debate on gun control.

Some information in this report from The Associated Press.