Bateman also responded to stories that mistakenly reported that he had agreed to co-sponsor legislation with Sen. Ray Lesniak to increase buffer zones for hunters.
“Sen. Lesniak and I spoke about our mutual interest in preventing hunting accidents and working together to examine potential solutions,” added Bateman. “Those general discussions have been misinterpreted as my partnership on a specific legislative proposal he has announced to increase buffer zones around homes. To clarify, I have not agreed to co-sponsor his bill, which I am concerned would restrict access to areas that have been safely hunted without incident.”