Delaware: Court Strikes Down Ban on Hunting with Semi-Autos

The NRA-ILA reports that Delaware has struck down a ban on hunting with semi-automatic firearms. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( Yesterday, the Delaware Superior Court issued its decision in the NRA-backed DSSA v. Garvin case, striking down the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) regulations that banned hunting deer with semi-automatic rifles.

Delaware law, and the DNREC, have traditionally allowed pistol-caliber rifles for deer hunting. In its 2020-2021 hunting regulations guide, DNREC suddenly banned semi-automatic pistol-caliber rifles for deer hunting. The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association (DSSA) filed this lawsuit, arguing that the agency did not have the authority to make such a change and that it did not follow proper procedures before doing so.

In the decision, the court says that DNREC does not understand the difference between full and semi-automatic firearms and that the law does not ban hunting with semi-automatic firearms. The court also trashed DNREC for not knowing their own hunting regulations. DNREC claimed that regulations prohibited all semi-automatic firearms for hunting, while the regulations clearly allow them for fox and squirrel hunting. In addition, the court also ruled that any ban would have to be implemented in accordance with the Delaware Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how regulatory agencies can issue new regulations.

NRA congratulates DSSA on this victory and thanks the court for correcting this overstep by DNREC. Please stay tuned to and your email inbox for further updates on issues affecting our hunting heritage.

About NRA-ILA:

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Ansel Hazen

Sick and tired of hearing about govt agencies that supposedly don’t know the rules that they are charged with regulating. I don’t buy it for an instant. This was another anti-gun overreach and they hoped if they threw it at the wall it would stick.

It’s time for a RESET.


“Delaware: Court Strikes Down Ban on Hunting with Semi-Autos”
. . . but but but . . . Joe Biden says all you need is a double barrel shotgun!
(not one of those COMBAT pumpy shotguns . . . or God forbid an AUTO!)


Green Mtn. Boy

Leftards lose yet again.

Hard Target

It’s a very curious thing to me that once the lawsuit was filed, they didn’t go back & look at the regulations to see how wrong they were. The court’s ruling shows that even an 8th grader could have seen the problems with their regulations. Yet they’re allowed to waste taxpayer money on legal expenses for nothing. Somebody needs to be fired.


“We’Re NoT cOmInG aFtEr YoUr HuNtInG gUn.”

I beg to differ.


Delaware: DUMBAZZES LEADING DUMBAZZES!!! Time for the stupid Communist converts in Delaware to step aside and let the adults run the state!!!