Hunters to get more firepower in PA

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 3, 2016 9:24 AM

(Photo: Shane Dunlap, The Evening Sun)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania deer hunters are in the middle of the rifle hunting season. Next year, they may be able to upgrade their arsenal.

Governor Tom Wolf recently signed a bill into law that will expand the types of firearms hunters can use, to include semi-automatic weapons and ones powered by gas and air.

The bill's prime sponsor was State House Representative Matt Gabler, who represents Elk and Clearfield counties.

He says a constituent inspired the legislation when he pointed out that technology advances have made these firearms a viable option. 

"These are tools that hunters should be able to use in Pennsylvania.  Most other states allow them and up until this point the game commission has been unable to even consider using these sorts of implements for hunting," Gabler said. 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission still has to review the potential firearms and regulate which will be allowed in each hunting season.

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