I am in total and complete agreance with what has been said thus far. By putting your scope on something to look at, you are pointing your weapon at it. Violation of the rules in anyone's book.
With binoculars offered in equivalent power to scopes and many being extremely affordable, there is simply not justification to warrant not using them.
Pointing a rifle a rifle at someone is a sure fire method of getting into a significant disagreement!
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