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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Semi-Auto Rifle Hunting Bill Signed In Pennsylvania

The recent signing of a critical piece of legislation in Pennsylvania has moved semi-auto rifles out of the “prohibited” category for hunting.

On Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 263, making Pennsylvania the 49th state to allow semi-automatic rifle hunting. As amended, the new law will eliminate the prohibition on 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 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 was prohibited in Pennsylvania, and remains unlawful in the neighboring state of Delaware.

NRA’s Institute for Legislative action is encouraging Pennsylvania NRA members to please take a moment to thank their state representativestate senator and Gov. Wolf for supporting this important legislation.