Pa. bill could clear way for hunting with air, gas-powered rifles

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission would have the authority to approve air- and gas-powered guns for hunting under legislation approved by the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 263 would allow the Game Commission to study the firearms and decide whether they can be used for various game. Current law prohibits the wildlife agency from allowing the use of air- and gas-powered guns.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), said technology associated with the rifles has improved to where they are viable and humane options for hunters.

Gabler said 23 states allow sportsmen to use air or gas rifles and eight states permit their use for hunting whitetail deer.

He said Pennsylvania’s game agency should have that same decision-making power.

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