GOAL Legislation

H.2402 An Act Relative to the Lawful Use of Shotguns

SECTION 1. Section 66 of chapter 131 is hereby amended by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with the following:-

Section 66. Except during the prescribed open season when deer or bear may be hunted lawfully with a shotgun, a person shall not have in his possession a shotgun shell loaded with a rifled slug, single ball, buckshot of any size, in any place where birds or mammals might be found. The director may promulgate rules and regulations regarding shotgun ammunition to be utilized while engaged in hunting.

Notwithstanding any special law or regulation to the contrary this section shall not apply to the use of shotguns or shotgun ammunition on a skeet, trap or other firing ranges.

Section 66. A person shall not, except during the prescribed open season when deer may be hunted lawfully with a shotgun, have in his possession a shotgun shell loaded with a rifled slug, single ball, buckshot of any size, BB shot or air rifle shot in any place where birds or mammals might be found, except on a skeet, trap or target range between sunrise and sunset; provided, however, that the director shall promulgate rules and regulations prescribing the type and size of such BB shot.

Amendments:

  • Removes BB shot as it is used in waterfowl hunting.
  • Allows the use of shotgun for bear.
  • Clarifying the rules and regulations are to only be made for shotgun ammunition in regard to hunting.
  • Clarifies that the law does not apply to the use on shooting facilities. Shooters, specifically law enforcement and security often use such ammunition.
  • Removes the daytime use only on ranges.

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