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April 25, 2008

Virginia County Bans Rifles For Deer Hunting

By Scott Bestul

From the Times-Dispatch:

The [Charles City County] Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 last night to prohibit deer hunting with high-powered rifles, drawing anger and raised voices from some in the audience. . . .

Vince Brackett said hunting with rifles is a tradition and it claims far fewer lives than boating in Virginia...

Elbert Parker held a piece of inch-thick wood above his head to demonstrate the ease with which a bullet could go through someone's wall.

"Your children can be shot dead looking at TV in your house," he said, prompting an argument among him and members of the crowd until board chairman Gilbert A. Smith tapped on a table to quiet them.

from Chaz wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

Anyone that thinks hunting with a shotgun is safer than hunting with a rifle needs to do their research.Unfortunately, when you put people in a position to make desicions they are not qualified to make, this is what happens!Chuck

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from Dan wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

The Pennsylvania General Assembly commissioned a study of the relative safety of slug guns vs. rifles, available here: http://www.nysrpa.org/encon/rifle_shotgun_in_PA.htm .The upshot of the 75 pg report is exactly as ricefarm has said: there is no significant improvement in safety by restricting deer hunting implements to slug guns. This has not stopped serious movement towards such restrictions.Dan

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from Dan wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

The Pennsylvania General Assembly commissioned a study of the relative safety of slug guns vs. rifles, available here: http://www.nysrpa.org/encon/rifle_shotgun_in_PA.htm .The upshot of the 75 pg report is exactly as ricefarm has said: there is no significant improvement in safety by restricting deer hunting implements to slug guns. This has not stopped serious movement towards such restrictions.Dan

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

Hey, ricefarm....Shhhh!!Keep it down or they'll hear you!

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from ricefarm wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

I live in Illinois where the law for deer has been shotguns for a long time now. The beauty of this is that given a need, some business will try to supply it and the slugs we have today carry almost as far as most of the rifles used to take deer. The vast majority of our hunting is close range, so distance isn't that big a factor but we are starting to see more slug guns come with a scope already in place, which tells me that anyone thinking they are enhancing safety by outlawing rifles hasn't done their homework.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

This is just like Illinois, no rifle hunting allowed, period. (but you can use a scoped slug gun, go figure.)Effing communists.

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from Scott wrote 6 years 3 hours ago

I live about 45 min. away from Charles City County, they have a very excellent WMA there, (the Chickohominy WMA) Living in Virgina Beach, where you can't hunt deer with rifles because our landscape is FLAT, which makes sense to me, but in nieghboring Chesapeake which is FLAT you can shoot rifles as long as your 15 feet off the ground, now for Charles City it is kinda hilly (is hilly even a real word?) but I do feel that there should be some sort of compromise, but to be honest most peopple hunt with shotguns because of dog hunting which from my knowledge is more predominant down here in the tidewater region because of all the nasty swamps. I feel this is a local matter that should go to a voter referendum about it so the local populace can choose whats best for them. I don't feel that restricting types of guns in certain locals for hunting violates the 2nd Amendment the individuals of every community are and should be allowed to pick its own regulations. The City council does need to get a power check, which if the locals are that fired up about will wote them out real soon. Also I forgot to add that much of Charles city county is fast becoming the 'burbs' for Richmond and Hampton Roads area, more houses and yuppies is the cause of this problem.

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from Randy wrote 6 years 5 hours ago

Where do these people get off banning rifles, whats next no hunting. Most states bring in a tremendous amount of revenue in from hunters, don't they know that.

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from Randy wrote 6 years 5 hours ago

Where do these people get off banning rifles, whats next no hunting. Most states bring in a tremendous amount of revenue in from hunters, don't they know that.

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from Randy wrote 6 years 5 hours ago

Where do these people get off banning rifles, whats next no hunting. Most states bring in a tremendous amount of revenue in from hunters, don't they know that.

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from Sexy Man wrote 6 years 7 hours ago

We are on the Verge of This AS week Speak in the county tht i Used to live but not Hunt in Here in PA(Lehigh County)...A couple of Years ago a Woman was Shot in the head by a hunter as she was Getting into the car... While she was Blessed enough to survive it has Sparked A ton of backlash here... The problem is there are houses popping up evey where around here and with bullets traveling as far as they to Anything can happen... it's a horrible thing that I Believe or at least hope won't pass in this county because of the number of hunters but this VERY unfortunate but also Extremly rare ACCIDENT has only worsend the Situation for us hunters.. lucky like i said i never hunted the county but i did live in it for about 20 years and know a large amount of people who hunt it, it's very scary...Signed,The Sexiest Man Alive

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from I'm in school right now wrote 6 years 10 hours ago

This is bulls***. I would like to know the track record of these 'Board of Supervisors' are stupid. If people are hunting close enough to a house where they can kill someone in their home, that is not the rifle's fault!Nate

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from Chaz wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

Anyone that thinks hunting with a shotgun is safer than hunting with a rifle needs to do their research.Unfortunately, when you put people in a position to make desicions they are not qualified to make, this is what happens!Chuck

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from Dan wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

The Pennsylvania General Assembly commissioned a study of the relative safety of slug guns vs. rifles, available here: http://www.nysrpa.org/encon/rifle_shotgun_in_PA.htm .The upshot of the 75 pg report is exactly as ricefarm has said: there is no significant improvement in safety by restricting deer hunting implements to slug guns. This has not stopped serious movement towards such restrictions.Dan

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from Dan wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

The Pennsylvania General Assembly commissioned a study of the relative safety of slug guns vs. rifles, available here: http://www.nysrpa.org/encon/rifle_shotgun_in_PA.htm .The upshot of the 75 pg report is exactly as ricefarm has said: there is no significant improvement in safety by restricting deer hunting implements to slug guns. This has not stopped serious movement towards such restrictions.Dan

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

Hey, ricefarm....Shhhh!!Keep it down or they'll hear you!

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from ricefarm wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

I live in Illinois where the law for deer has been shotguns for a long time now. The beauty of this is that given a need, some business will try to supply it and the slugs we have today carry almost as far as most of the rifles used to take deer. The vast majority of our hunting is close range, so distance isn't that big a factor but we are starting to see more slug guns come with a scope already in place, which tells me that anyone thinking they are enhancing safety by outlawing rifles hasn't done their homework.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

This is just like Illinois, no rifle hunting allowed, period. (but you can use a scoped slug gun, go figure.)Effing communists.

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from Scott wrote 6 years 3 hours ago

I live about 45 min. away from Charles City County, they have a very excellent WMA there, (the Chickohominy WMA) Living in Virgina Beach, where you can't hunt deer with rifles because our landscape is FLAT, which makes sense to me, but in nieghboring Chesapeake which is FLAT you can shoot rifles as long as your 15 feet off the ground, now for Charles City it is kinda hilly (is hilly even a real word?) but I do feel that there should be some sort of compromise, but to be honest most peopple hunt with shotguns because of dog hunting which from my knowledge is more predominant down here in the tidewater region because of all the nasty swamps. I feel this is a local matter that should go to a voter referendum about it so the local populace can choose whats best for them. I don't feel that restricting types of guns in certain locals for hunting violates the 2nd Amendment the individuals of every community are and should be allowed to pick its own regulations. The City council does need to get a power check, which if the locals are that fired up about will wote them out real soon. Also I forgot to add that much of Charles city county is fast becoming the 'burbs' for Richmond and Hampton Roads area, more houses and yuppies is the cause of this problem.

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from Randy wrote 6 years 5 hours ago

Where do these people get off banning rifles, whats next no hunting. Most states bring in a tremendous amount of revenue in from hunters, don't they know that.

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from Randy wrote 6 years 5 hours ago

Where do these people get off banning rifles, whats next no hunting. Most states bring in a tremendous amount of revenue in from hunters, don't they know that.

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from Randy wrote 6 years 5 hours ago

Where do these people get off banning rifles, whats next no hunting. Most states bring in a tremendous amount of revenue in from hunters, don't they know that.

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from Sexy Man wrote 6 years 7 hours ago

We are on the Verge of This AS week Speak in the county tht i Used to live but not Hunt in Here in PA(Lehigh County)...A couple of Years ago a Woman was Shot in the head by a hunter as she was Getting into the car... While she was Blessed enough to survive it has Sparked A ton of backlash here... The problem is there are houses popping up evey where around here and with bullets traveling as far as they to Anything can happen... it's a horrible thing that I Believe or at least hope won't pass in this county because of the number of hunters but this VERY unfortunate but also Extremly rare ACCIDENT has only worsend the Situation for us hunters.. lucky like i said i never hunted the county but i did live in it for about 20 years and know a large amount of people who hunt it, it's very scary...Signed,The Sexiest Man Alive

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from I'm in school right now wrote 6 years 10 hours ago

This is bulls***. I would like to know the track record of these 'Board of Supervisors' are stupid. If people are hunting close enough to a house where they can kill someone in their home, that is not the rifle's fault!Nate

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