Voters say no to hunting and fishing amendment

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona voters have said no to making hunting and fishing a constitutional right.

Proposition 109 would have made hunting and fishing on par with freedom of religion, free speech and the right to bear arms. It also would have given the Legislature exclusive authority to regulate those activities, although it could delegate rule-making to the state Game and Fish Commission.

Critics, including major environmental groups, called the measure unnecessary because there are no real threats to hunting and fishing in the state.

Supporters called it a pre-emptive strike against any threat that may arise to these long-standing traditions.

The measure failed despite the support of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, the Game and Fish Commission and the National Rifle Association.

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