Politics

Cheney Was Hunting Illegally When Accident Occurred

Thanks to a law introduced by State Rep. Charlie Geren (R) and passed last year, hunters in Texas are required to have an Upland Game Bird Stamp before hunting quail. According to an email ThinkProgress recieved from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokeswoman Lydia Salda±a, Cheney didn’t have one:

A check of TPWD license records indicated that while the Vice President had purchased a valid non-resident hunting license, he had not purchased the required upland game bird stamp.

In other words, Cheney was hunting illegally. Here’s Sec. 43.652 of the code he broke, according to the official accident report pictured above:

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a person may not hunt a migratory or upland game bird in this state unless the person possesses the appropriate migratory or upland game bird stamp, as applicable, issued to the person by the department

Breaking the law constitutes a Class C violation of Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, meaning Cheney could:

* be fined $25-$500
* face automatic suspension or revocation of licenses for up to 5 years;
* forfeit hunting gear, including firearms, used to commit a violation.

But Cheney is getting off easy. Ms. Salda±a informs ThinkProgress that Cheney was issued a warning citation, which carries no fine or penalty.

UPDATE: Cheney’s office has responded. They claim it’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s fault that Cheney didn’t follow the law:

— A member of the Vice President’s staff wrote a check for 140 dollars understanding that this would purchase a Texas non-resident season hunting license that would permit the Vice President to hunt quail in Texas…The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the 7 dollar upland game bird stamp requirement. (Via TWN)

Cheney never made a mistake that he couldn’t blame on someone else.