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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Delaware County
I'm torn on the idea. I anticipate problems with people firing risky/careless follow-up shots. I also see it as unnecessary since animals can be taken just as well with manual weapons.
On the flip side, I tend to favor less goverment regulation and hunters being trusted to exercise good sense. A couple idiots could ruin it for everyone (or harm or kill someone) so I hope everybody exercises good judgement. That is true of any firearm though. I am pretty much on the fence.
One reason that I think (conspiracy theory warning) there is a push to legalize semi-autos for hunting is to normalize them in people's minds and further blur the definition of an assault rifle. It could further a gun rights agenda to be able to point out that AR-15s, etc., are common hunting rifles. There may be a benefit to that. There is also a risk, though, that it negatively affects public perception of hunters when they are seen carrying "machine guns."
It's a tough call either way in my opinion. However, in my mind, a tie should go to less restriction. If there is no compelling reason to preclude it, a free country should allow it.