Re: what states have a weight limit on a hunting rifle
A few years back, when we were going to hunt Idaho, I talked a few times with one of the Fish and Wildlife guys in the area where we planned to hunt.
Two of the things we talked about, besides game, populations, etc. etc. were the weight of the gun and the law about electronics in the scope.
I asked him about what would happen if I used a NF scope but removed the battery. His reply was that typically it would be left up to the discretion of the officer that would be involved in an inspection of the scope, if that would even happen. He said that as far as he was personally concerned, that he would fine me even if the scope had no battery as the "electronics" were still there.
When asked about the weight of the gun he hesitated and I asked him if the law was put in because of the 50 cals and he said that he didn't make the law but that was his personal understanding. He also said that if I had an otherwise legal gun that was not a 50 BMG that he wouldn't be concerned about the gun as long as it could be carried in a normal manner. He went on to say, kinda off the record, that the only type of gun he would be concerned with when looking at the weight limit would be a 50 BMG or an obviously purpose built bench type of gun and not one configured in a normal hunting fashion.
I took my chances and hunted several times with the scope and no battery and also with a gun that weighed over 16# and was never checked, not even at a checking station along the highway. They were only interested in the animals, legal licenses and tags and never once said anything about guns.
Now the scope with an iluminated reticle is not an issue but the weight of the gun still could be.
However, given what the officer originally told me, you would be taking your chances depending upon who the particular officer was that checked you.
I will say however, that outside of the discussion about scopes and weights, the Fish and Wildlife officer I talked with was extremely helpful and gave me a LOT of information and went out of his way to answer any questions and provide me with any help I needed.