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Hingham group reacts to Norton hunting accident

Posted by dinouye  January 13, 2012 01:29 PM

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A Hingham-based hunter’s advocacy group is calling on police and state agencies to revoke State Trooper John Bergeron’s hunting license after he accidentally shot his neighbor Dec. 31.

In a letter to Norton police, copies of which were sent to State Police, Environmental Police, and other state officials, The Sportsmen’s Alliance President David L. Schutz said the incident had cast a negative light on all hunters.

“Our constituents are taking a big and unwarranted hit because of this incident,” Schutz wrote. “It reflects negatively and unfairly on all of us.”

Schutz wrote that Bergeron should be charged under a state law that says, “A person shall not use any firearm, bow and arrow or other weapon or article in a careless or negligent manner so as to cause bodily injury or death to another while engaged in hunting or target shooting.”

Schutz argued that the law was enacted in the interest of public safety and should be applied to Bergeron, regardless of his occupation. The fact that law enforcement and state agencies have not revoked Bergeron’s hunting license makes matters worse and raises numerous questions, said Schutz.

“How can we expect law enforcement to protect our lawful rights as responsible hunters or the rights or safety of the non-hunting public when ‘one of their own’ doesn’t seem to be accountable for a clear violation of law?” Schutz wrote.

Norton and Environmental Police did not immediately return messages seeking comment

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