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Game Commission approves measure to allow semi-automatic rifles for hunting
Quote:HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission board unanimously approved allowing the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting, including deer and bear, during Tuesday’s quarterly meeting.

The move comes a little more than two months after Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law legislation that gives the agency the ability to implement the use of semi-automatic rifles. It was originally believed that the Game Commission would allow semi-automatic rifles for small game and varmints, such as coyotes, to start.

But on Tuesday the board expanded the implementation to include the fall turkey season as well as bear, elk and deer.

Several of the commissioners said they were initially skeptical of allowing semi-automatic rifles for big game from a safety aspect but changed their minds after reviewing research conducted by staff.

“It’s not the way the gun is loaded. That’s not what causes accidents,” said board President Brian Hoover, who represents the southeast region.

For deer and bear, full-metal jacket rounds are not permitted and semi-automatics used for big game are limited to a five-round magazine capacity. The measure also carries a sunset provision that expires on June 30, 2020 to allow for a board review the measure.

The move needs final approval when the board meets again on March 27 and 28.

Board members said the agency received quite a bit of public comment on the matter, and most of the objections were from senior hunters, while there was virtually unanimous support for allowing semi-automatic rifles for varmints and small game.

“There have been concerns about safety issues with semi-automatic weapons for big game,” said commissioner Timothy Layton. “We found no correlation between the way a weapon is loaded and hunting accidents.”
sgtsandman, proud to be a member of since Nov 2014.
I am all for it but how about Sunday hunting soon??   Shrug
A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
(01-31-2017, 07:19 PM)RocketFoot Wrote: I am all for it but how about Sunday hunting soon??   Shrug

It died in committee last year.  Maybe we'll get it this year.
sgtsandman, proud to be a member of since Nov 2014.
Too little too late for me...paired with the fact that every WCO I've meet in the woods was a complete dick.
I've been enjoying semi-auto hunting on Sunday in NY. <Let that sink in for a minute.
(01-31-2017, 07:19 PM)RocketFoot Wrote: I am all for it but how about Sunday hunting soon??   Shrug

You might have to first petition the NFL to schedule all Steelers games on Mondays and Thursdays!   Big Grin
kevindsingleton, proud to be a contributing member of since Sep 2012.

Have some Pi:
No mag limits for small game. Cool. Time to harvest some rabbit and squirrel.
Unbanned since September 2012.

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