IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 6, 2007
Mr. Whitehouse (for himself, Mr. Leahy, and Mr. Feingold) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain computer-assisted remote hunting, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting
Computer-assisted remote hunting facilities
Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Computer-assisted remote hunting
Whoever, using any instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly makes available a computer-assisted remote hunt shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
Providing an instrumentality of commerce, such as equipment or access to the Internet, is not a violation of this section unless the provider intends the use of the equipment or access for a computer-assisted remote hunt.
Construction with other law
Nothing in this section limits the power of State and local authorities to enact laws or regulations concerning computer-assisted remote hunting facilities.
In this section—
the term computer-assisted remote hunt means any use of a computer or any other device, equipment, or software to allow a person remotely to control the aiming and discharge of a weapon so as to kill or injure an animal while not in the physical presence of the weapon; and
the term instrumentality of interstate commerce means any written, wire, radio, television, or other form of communication in, or using a facility of, interstate commerce.
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
Sec. 49. Computer-assisted remote hunting.