Lloyd, the primary purpose of this rule was simply hunter recruitment of youth, women and sustaining older folks that really don't like getting slammed by a slug. Put a 12 year old on bench even with reduced recoil 20 ga and one shot they are looking for their phone. Put them on bench with straight wall rifle and they will shoot often, shoot well and actually have fun. I have seen the results and it is gratifying. The hunter recruitment numbers are going down but without this rule, they would go down even further IMHO. I am speaking from direct knowledge since I authored this rule May 2009 and 59th District Matt Lori put the first HB through the process starting in May 2009. It took us 5 years to beat down DNR to get to the NRC. The reason for the calibers was simple; ask for what is already allowed in handgun but in rifle configuration. Eliminate any chance for technical rejection due to bottleneck calibers etc. This rule would not have passed if we had tried to include other than what was already allowed. The DNR position was solely political without technical basis so if we had added the bottlenecks, they would have had reason which probably would have killed the rule. Now that is has been successful and is being copied into other states, a lot of organizations and folks are claiming the authorship etc. Of course once it is successful, everyone wants to be on the bandwagon. Do I sound a bit peeved? Yup. MUCC declined to participate due to full calendar so I went without them. DNR fought it every inch of the way. Meeting minutes substantiate everything I am saying as fact. I took personal vacation time off for many meetings in Lansing which was a 2.5 hour drive for me each way on my own nickel. We were very lucky to have Rep. Matt Lori and his admin Susan Martin on our team to drive this legislation to conclusion. We also had some additional folks that stepped in when I couldn't make a meeting. Maybe some day we can get some additional calibers but we are pleased to get what we have right now.
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