Pennsylvania: Critical Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation Heads to the Governor!

| October 27, 2016

Pennsylvania: Critical Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation Heads to the Governor!

This morning, House Bill 263, the semi-automatic rifle hunting legislation, passed the House of Representatives with a 160-25 vote.  HB 263 will now go to Governor Tom Wolf for final consideration.  
House Bill 263, as amended, would eliminate the prohibition on semi-automatic rifles for hunting and allow for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to regulate these sporting rifles for all game species in accordance with season and bag limits.  The use of semi-automatic shotguns for hunting has been legal for decades in the Keystone state; however, the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting is prohibited in Pennsylvania as well as the neighboring state of Delaware.  Semi-automatic rifles simply give hunters a much greater ability to fire a timely and accurate follow-up shot, which can be the huge difference between wounding or quickly taking a game animal.  Another downside to manually operated firearms compared to a semi-automatic rifle, is the felt recoil.  Larger calibers, including the popular 30-06 and larger, generate significant recoil that average shooters may not handle well.  Gas-operated semi-automatics have less recoil, making them more user-friendly.

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Originally posted at http://www.nraila.org/

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