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Pennsylvania: Push on to legalize semiautomatic rifles for hunting

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Pennsylvania: Push on to legalize semiautomatic rifles for hunting

With restrictions.

Might a change be coming to Pennsylvania’s woods?

Nate Jacoby hopes so.

The resident of Franklin in Venango County is a hunter and a shooter. He can’t always use the same rifles for both activities, though.

Semiautomatic rifles — including “modern sporting rifles,” such as the AR-15-style ones he prefers — are illegal for hunting.

“We have a lot of money tied up in these guns, and it kind of stinks that all we can do with them is target shoot and plink at the range all day,” Jacoby said. “We’re really behind a lot of other states on this thing.”

Indeed, Pennsylvania is one of just two states nationwide — Delaware is the other — that completely prohibits semiautomatic rifles for hunting.

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