New Hampshire is currently the only state that does not permit some legal hunting with air rifles. Rep. James Spillane would change that, with a 2018 bill that would allow hunting in New Hampshire with an air rifle.
An air rifle uses compressed air or another gas to propel pellets, whereas a traditional firearm uses a small explosion.
Arguments for air rifle hunting
Air rifle technology has come a long way since the Red Ryder B.B. gun featured in A Christmas Story. Manufacturers have developed air guns powerful enough to take down big game.
Air rifles offer several challenges and opportunities for hunters. They are much quieter than traditional firearms, but have a shorter range, which requires the hunter to get up close to prey.
Arguments against air rifle hunting
The lower power and smaller impact of air rifles can make it more difficult for a hunter to humanely kill an animal with a single shot. Some opponents therefore believe air guns should not be used for hunting.
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