Saeima supports bill allowing 16-year-olds to use guns during hunting

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In the second, non-final reading on January 31, Saeima MPs supported a bill for lowering the age limit on the use of guns during hunting to 16 from the current 18, reports LSM's Latvian-language service.

The motion passed with the support of 51 MPs, while 37 voted 'against' and four 'abstained'. Both the supporting and opposing camps were a motley crew with, however, Harmony MPs voting against almost unanimously. 

The bill was discussed for more than two hours with MPs voicing opinions across a wild spectrum, with one side arguing that partaking in hunting would help young people become more masculine and improve patriotism, and the other side saying that adolescents may come to find killing to be an enjoyable pastime, which could lead to tragedy.

In order to become law, the bill has to pass through the third and final reading and promulgated by the president afterwards.

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