The Charles City County Board of Supervisors voted 2 to 1 to ban the use of centerfire rifles for deer hunting throughout the county. This politically motivated rifle ban was approved despite testimony from NRA and many hunters who opposed the prohibition. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries had previously told the supervisors that there was no reason to restrict rifle hunting in the county. Rifle hunting had been allowed for two years and there were no safety incidents associated with it. Neighboring counties with far greater population densities have traditionally allowed rifle hunting without safety problems. This ban will hurt hunting opportunities and deer management practices detrimentally. NRA-ILA will continue to work to ensure that science, not politics and emotion, dictates hunting regulations in the Commonwealth. Hunters in other jurisdictions should remain vigilant and be prepared to help protect our hunting heritage as this ill-conceived policy threatens to spread elsewhere.