Ga. Law to Relieve Landowners of Hunter and Tourist Liability

February 14, 2008

Gov. Sonny Perdue filed legislation that will limit liability for landowners who open their property to hunters and agri-tourists.

The proposal will protect landowners who allow individuals to hunt on their property from being sued for accidents arising during a hunt. Likewise, landowners operating an agri-tourism attraction would not be held liable for accidents or injuries that may occur on the visit.

Property owners will continue to be held responsible for gross negligence, and they will be liable if they deliberately put people in danger.

Perdue announced the legislation during the Georgia Farm Bureau’s annual legislative luncheon.

“We want to encourage landowners to open their hunting property and farms to visitors to enjoy Georgia’s natural beauty as an agricultural and sportsman’s paradise,” said Sen. Bill Heath. “The Georgia General Assembly is working to protect landowners and, again, stand up for the rights of private property owners.”

Source: Office of the Governor of Georgia

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