An Act Relative to the Use of Shotguns for Hunting

This legislation would re-write Section 66 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws concerning the use of shotgun ammunition for use in hunting. The section currently allows the use of shotgun slugs and buckshot to the open season on whitetail deer with a shotgun. With the modernization of hunting slugs many people would like to be able to use them for bear hunting. The legislation would simply rewrite the law to allow the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to hold regulatory authority over it so that laws don’t need to be continually changed to keep up with ammunition technology.


Bill Language:

Section 66 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the section in its entirety and replacing it with the following;

Section 66: The director, with the approval of the fisheries and wildlife board, may promulgate rules and regulations for the use and possession of shotgun cartridges containing projectiles including, but not restricted to, slugs, balls, or shot of any type or size, for the purpose of hunting.

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