I refrained from placing this question in Backlash and Blowback because I am not angry. Additionally, I in no way want to cast any dispersions on the good people living in the Keystone State as I have many friends there. I ask this question because this issue has arisen as sort of an aside in other threads.
What is wrong with either the legislators or the Pennsylvania Dept. of Fish and Wildlife that caused whomever to decide to prohibit the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting?
I would understand if all hunting with rifles was prohibited due to population densities and safety issues as is the case in some other states. If bolt action rifles are permitted however, then there is really no justification for prohibiting semi-auto rifles. I completely reject the "its more sporting" argument because that is patently untrue besides being a big ball of cheese. Other states like NY allow semi-autos for hunting and to address the "sporting issue" restrict magazine capacity to 5 rounds. There is no proof (at least that I have found) that a semi-automatic rifle presents a significant advantage over a skilled rifleman with a bolt action weapon.
I am not a resident of Pennsylvania; I am concerned however as a hunter that my own state and possibly others may look at adopting this lunatic policy as a backdoor effort at gun control. It seems to me that without any empirical data to back up this policy, the good people of Pennsylvania could challenge this policy as a Second Amendment issue. Maybe the majority of people that hunt there do not like semi-auto rifles although the people I am acquainted with have nothing against them. Can anyone else shed some light into this matter?