Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the two Republicans vying for the governor’s mansion in 2013, have thrown their support behind lifting a ban on hunting on Sundays.
In the last day, both men have let their views be known to supporters of the repeal. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has also said he would back it. Their offices confirmed their support.
Virginia is one of 11 states that ban or restrict hunting on Sundays, though lawmakers have debated for years whether to allow it.
“As an ardent advocate of private property rights, I support allowing people to hunt on private property, no matter what day of the week,’’ Cuccinelli said in a statement.
“Bolling supports the bill that allows Sunday hunting on private lands as well as a total repeal of the ban on Sunday hunting,’’ his spokeswoman Ibbie Hedrick said Thursday.
The Virginia Sunday Hunting Coalition says lifting the ban would give private property owners the freedom to use their land and give those who work more time to hunt. But some opponents have religious concerns.