In the great majority of the country, semi autos are part of the deer hunting tradition.
Rifle or shotgun?
And what percentage of folks shooting ARs at PGC ranges are hunters?
Have no idea, but if they are legalized, I'm sure it would grow. I've already been pelted with lead fragments from them, as well as spent shells.
I guess the answer to your assumption lies in our current regulations and violations. Is there widespread abuse of the current 3 round restriction for shotguns for small game?
All it takes is one
All your responses are speculative, as were my apprehensions.
I have no objection for their use in small game or predator hunting, but IMO, they don't belong in our often crowded deer woods. Every year we read here about people shot in mistake for game. I'd rather give that guy a bolt or pump where he has to pause between shots, and possibly think, over someone who hasn't seen a deer for 5 years and all that stands between him and me is his finger twitch.
"When it comes to hunting accidents, the number of incidents has actually been on the decline for decades. According to the PGC, the number of HRSIs has dropped by 80 percent in the state since hunter education programs began in 1959. In the 1990s, for example, there were anywhere from 83 to more than 100 shooting-related incidents annually, and just 10 years ago, there were still more than 60 each year. In 2012, however, the number of HRSIs was 33, down approximately 45 percent from even a decade ago.
"While one accident is too many
, we are pleased to see that these types of shooting incidents continue to drop in Pennsylvania, and we look forward to continuing this impressive trend in safer hunting," said PGC Executive Director Carl G. Roe."