First elected in 2010, Representative David Vieira is currently serving his third term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Along with Caucus Co-Chair Senator Anne Gobi, Representative Vieira played a key role in establishing the Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2013. Together, they represent a bipartisan effort to bring legislators from both sides of the aisle together to support and advance pro-sportsmen’s legislation.
Representative Vieira serves the 3rd Barnstable District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. This district lies in the heart of Cape Cod, where he can commonly be found fishing on the open water. Representative Vieira is an advocate for the angling community, ensuring that the many state-funded parks remain open and accessible to the public.
Representative Vieira is also a strong proponent of youth involvement in outdoor and wildlife-related recreation. He has worked alongside his colleagues to create and support legislation that encourages youth to participate in outdoor recreation, including lowering the cost of hunting licenses and implementing Firearm Identification Cards. Representative Vieira worked with the Barnstable County Sportsmen's League and members of the Falmouth Rod & Gun Club to petition the Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife Board to create a Youth Deer Hunt Day. The Board approved the modification to existing deer hunting regulation 321 CMR 3.02(4): Hunting & Tagging of Deer, and Rep. Vieira worked with Governor Baker and Energy & Environment Secretary Beaton to sign the regulations into law. The first Youth Deer Hunt Day will take place in the Fall of 2015. He has also worked with the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL) to provide educational training classes to youth on firearm safety.
“As a member of the Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, my colleagues and I work to build an even stronger voice that advocates for the rights of Massachusetts' sportsmen and women. Together, we can ensure that Massachusetts remains a sanctuary for America’s sporting heritage for years to come.”
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Recently, Virginia has proposed legislation that would make the punishment for poaching, in their state, a 1-5 year prison sentence through HB-449. Poaching undermines the social acceptance of hunters, jobs, recreation, local and state economies, and conservation efforts. How should poachers be punished?Vote Here
- By sentencing them to jail time. (31.43%)
- By giving them a cash fine. (17.14%)
- By banning their hunting and fishing privileges and their ability to buy the necessary licenses. (14.29%)
- By putting them on a probation period. (0.00%)
- There should be some discretion in the penalties depending on the motivations for the poaching incident. (37.14%)