Over the past few weeks, rocker Ted Nugent has been making headlines. From his controversial speech at the National Rifle Association conference to his recent drama over hunting missteps with the U.S. government, Nugent has had a busy month. In a radio interview with Glenn Beck this morning, the musician delved into the details surrounding his recent guilty plea for illegally killing a black bear in Alaska — details that appear to show he’s being targeted by the Feds.
During the discussion, Nugent described some of the regulations that are impeding landowners’ and hunters’ rights, while reiterating his strong views on the importance of being a law-abiding citizen. He told Beck that he was completely unaware of the Alaska law when he killed the bear back in 2009.
“I stumbled in Alaska. There was a new law — that it’s very important to note that I wasn’t the only one who had never heard of it,” Nugent explained. “We can’t find anybody that ever heard of this new unprecedented law that if your arrow or bullet shows signs of nicking or touching an animal, that your big game tag is null and void — including the resident judge in the courtroom who’s lived in the only zone where this law exists.”
Nugent went on to explain that the State of Alaska had no interest in charging him, but that the federal government pursued the charges. Even his attorney, who has been a lifetime hunter in Alaska, had never heard of the regulatory structure. According to Nugent, he’s the first person to ever be charged under this law.
The Blaze previously reported about how he will be punished for the infraction:
As part of the plea deal, Nugent must pay a $10,000 fine, not hunt or fish within Alaska or on any other U.S. Forest Service lands for one year, record a Public Service Announcement, and serve two years probation.
CNN reports that the public service announcement, “must be approved by federal prosecutors in Alaska, must be at least 30 to 60 seconds in length, and be broadcast every second week on his television show for one 12-month period.
“This PSA will discuss the importance of a hunter’s responsibility in knowing the rules and regulations of the hunting activities that they engage in, which is subject to the review and final approval, prior to any broadcast, by a representative of the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Alaska,” the agreement states.
These actions are curious, especially considering the ongoing political debate the celebrity has been having the the Obama administration. Last week, Nugent was questioned by the secret service over controversial comments he made about the president’s re-election, causing some to wonder if these legal actions were taken by the government as retribution for Nugent’s overall pro-GOP political standing.
Listen to Nugent explain how the government is allegedly impeding citizens’ rights, below:
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