Pennsylvania: Update on Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation

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  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    NRA-ILA:

    Update on Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation
    Friday, October 23, 2015

    This week, the House Game and Fisheries Committee reported Senate Bill 737 out as amended by a vote of 25-2. Senate Bill 737 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

    Senate Bill 737, as amended, would eliminate the prohibition on semi-automatic rifles for hunting and allow for the 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 Pennsylvania. Ending the prohibition on semi-automatic rifle hunting would provide Pennsylvania hunters the same opportunities and options enjoyed by hunters in the majority of other states.
  2. Setters4life

    Setters4life Well-Known Member

    I hope this passes and semi-auto rifles are allowed for hunting in the state. (Example: Too many good ol' .22 semi-auto's gathering dust that can't be used for squirrel hunting!)

    This restriction is archaic and harkens back to the age when witches were feared and burned at the stake.
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  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Yea....the Blue Laws of Pennsylvania are still hanging tough after all these years...
  4. lou fava

    lou fava Active Member

    Has anyone heard anything new on this? I've deer hunt northwestern PA for the past 16 years & really didn't mind using a bolt action rifle, but this past year I ran into a couple locals who told me the law allowing hunting with semi-auto's went into effect but have haven't found anything in writting
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  5. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Thursday, February 9th,2017

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission unanimously passed the proposed rulemaking for the semi-auto rifle hunting law at the quarterly meeting. The Commission is still receiving comments before the final approval of the regulations will be made at the March 27-28th meeting.

    Unfortunately, there are reports that gun control and anti-hunting advocates are still campaigning against the proposed rulemaking.

    Signed by Governor Tom Wolf on November 21, 2016, Act 168 of 2016 eliminates the prohibition on the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting and allows for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to regulate these sporting rifles for all game species in accordance with season and bag limits. The Commissioners also expanded the use of semi-automatic rifle hunting to now include fall turkey season in addition to small game and varmints, bear, elk and deer.

    As most other states have discovered, allowing hunters to use semi-automatic rifles is nothing more than expanding firearm selection for the hunter afield. 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. Ending the prohibition on semi-automatic rifle hunting will provide Pennsylvania hunters the same opportunities and options enjoyed by hunters in 48 states.

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