Some counties in Va, only allow the use of rifles when sitting in an elevated stand. The theory is the hunter will be shooting downwards, thus keeping the bullet from traveling too far.
The "straight case rule" is probably intended to keep the power factor down. Some of the newer "hand rifles" are getting the velocties of a rifle. Don't raise too much heck over it though. They're liable to go back and recalculate, which would knock out a good many prospective rounds.
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