A new Wisconsin law now allows toddlers to hunt with a gun as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the bill into law on Saturday, allowing children of any age to take part in the state’s hunting season with a legal adult over the age of 18.
The previous bill set the age at 12, while 10-year-olds could hunt with a “mentor,” usually a parent or a guardian.
The new law removes that restriction and also eliminates the limit on the number of guns young hunters can carry at one time, reports Newsweek.
The NRA strongly supported the bill and released this statement last week thanking “the Assembly members who helped pass this important piece of legislation to promote our hunting heritage.”
“To allow … a toddler, a 2-year-old [to carry a gun]—and I’m not being hyperbolic, because someone will allow it—is dangerous,” Katrina Shankland, a Democrat and state representative, told the Associated Press last week. “Other hunters in the woods are not going to choose to get hurt by a child with a rifle.”