WTVB is reporting that the Michigan House approved a bill to allow the use of rifles for deer hunting in some areas of Michigan currently limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. The restricted use would allow straight-walled pistol cartridges in rifles.
"The pistol cartridges don’t travel as far as conventional rifle rounds and pose less of a safety risk. The use of rifles in the southern part of Michigan is currently restricted because of the safety risk posed in more heavily populated areas of the state. Lori, a former St. Joseph County Sheriff from Constantine, says this change will bring Michigan in line with Indiana, which has already approved use of this type of ammunition for rifle hunting."