Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Allow Semi-Autos for Hunting

Good news out of Pennsylvania!


A long running and very popular push to end the total ban on hunting with semi-automatic rifles in the Keystone state is now in the hands of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The legislation has spent the past 21 months winding through committee and floor votes before passing the Senate and House in veto-proof margins at the end of October, meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature on Monday without comment.

While hunting seasons are now at their peak — bear season began in the state on Nov. 19 and firearm deer season is just a week away — Pennsylvania sportsmen will not be taking advantage of the new law this year as the Game Commission still has to approve rules for the use of semi-auto rifles.

“It’s important to note Act 168 will give the commission the option of allowing these firearms to be used for hunting,” said Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield, sponsor of the legislation, in a statement Monday. “Governing bodies that regulate sportsmen’s activities in other states, including some of those that border Pennsylvania, already allow their hunters to use these types of rifles in the field. We are moving a step closer to doing likewise.”

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