The Federal Laws governing firearms do not classify muzzleloaders as a "firearm" , and in most states you can buy one with no paperwork or background check. However that does not make it technically legal for a felon to poses it. I have read of cases pertaining to this where the person was hassled at great expense in time and money by local law enforcement regardless of the intended use, only to be convicted on possession of explosives charges for having black powder. The "best practice" I have heard of is obtaining a waiver from BATFE or your local jurisdiction so you have paper in hand showing proof of legal possession, after all it is not worth your time, money or potential freedom dealing with an over zealous prosecutor or non gun friendly jurisdiction when a simple document could prevent it. This topic has been discussed at length for years both pro and con, and what it boils down to is a case by case determination. You can go to free advice.com ( http://forum.freeadvice.com/other-crimes-federal-state-4/ex-felons-black-powder-weapons-legal-386903.html) or better yet to the BATF site ( http://www.atf.gov/firearms/index.htm) and get a more direct answer for your state and county, but the best advice would be to speak to an authority in your state or to BATFE to be 100% sure.
ask your state Attorney General
Black Powder pistols fall under the same category as modern handguns/firearms in Washington State. You must meet the same requirements to purchase and/or be in possession of one the same as if it were a Glock 9mm. A black powder firearm is regulated under Washington State Law and requires all state mandated transfer requirements (page 9 WA State DOL Firearms Dealer Training Manual) and under Washington State Law, if you are prohibited from owning or possessing a modern firearm, you are prohibited from owning a black powder firearm as well. This is a fairly recent change in Washington (within the last couple of years) and over 90% of the states, including California and even Washington, D.C. have no such requirements in order to purchase, own or possess a black powder firearm be it rifle or hand gun. Prior tothis change, you simply needed to provide i.d to prove you were of age (18), lay down the money and walk out the door.
can a felon own and hunt with a black powder rifle in the state of oregon
I imagine state laws vary on this but in Texas you do not have to call anybody to transfer a black powder gun.
WARNING - whatever your research finds out - if you were a FEDERALLY convicted felon it won't matter what your state allows you to do. Under the provisions of US Code, Title 18, FEDERALLY convicted felons may NEVER own or possess a fiream (including black powder arms).
No, not unless you have had your firearm ownership privileges restored (if you are a state felon). If you are a Federal felon - definitely not. There are no provisions for the restoration of firearm privileges (including black powder arms) to federally convicted felons.
You may NOT hunt with black powder arms. They are specifically classified as firearms under US Code, Title 18, which prohibits their ownership or POSSESSION by convicted felons. For Bow & Arrow - in Oregon it may depend on whether your sentence is complete - or you're on parole - and/or what kind of parole (PPS?). Best to check with your PO (if you have one) or local sheriffs office or state police barracks.
noAdded; IF the state of Missouri is one of the states that partially restores some limited gun rights to state CONVICTED felons, PERHAPS. You will have to research that for yourself. HOWEVER - if you are a FEDERALLY convicted felon the answer is no. Under US Code, Title 18, black powder weapons are classified as firearms which convicted felons are not allowed to possess.
It seems that most states' statutes do not directly address black powder hunting guns. Maine allows felons to hunt with muzzleloaders with a special permit; Virginia allows a felon to petition the court of conviction to obtain permission to hunt with a muzzleloader; and there may be other states that allow felons to hunt with muzzleloaders, especially if they are antique guns. Although the federal gun control act (18 U.S.C. s. 921 et seq) prohibits felons from possessing "any destructive devices," a few states are allowing felons, either by obscure statutory reference or outright special permit, to hunt with muzzleloaders. Many states allow felons to hunt with a bow or a crossbow. You would just have to find the right wildlife permit office in the state where you live and ask the question, politely, of course.
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Maybe. While the FEDERAL government does not consider a muzzleloading, black powder rifle to be a firearm, Federal law does not permit a felon to possess ammunition- which includes 209 shotgun primers used by many modern muzzleloaders. #11 percussion caps are NOT considered ammunition. In addition, SOME states do not permit felons to possess ANY firearm, including muzzleloaders- State laws can be more restrictive than Federal. While the Code of Tennessee may permit it, I am going to suggest you consult an attorney in Tennessee to be certain.
Felons are not allowed to have any weapons.
Most states' statutes do not directly address black powder hunting guns. Maine allows felons to hunt with muzzleloaders with a special permit; Virginia allows a felon to petition the court of conviction to obtain permission to hunt with a muzzleloader; and there may be other states that allow felons to hunt with muzzleloaders, especially if they are antique guns. Although the federal gun control act (18 U.S.C. s. 921 et seq) prohibits felons from possessing "any destructive devices," a few states are allowing felons, either by obscure statutory reference or outright special permit, to hunt with muzzleloaders. Many states allow felons to hunt with a bow or a crossbow. You would just have to find the right wildlife permit office in the state where you live and ask the question, politely, of course.
Under the US Criminal Code, black powder weapons are classified as firearms. Therefore, unless the felons firearm privileges have been restored, he may not possess one.This is not true. According to ATF, black powder weapons are not considered firearms and are not controlled by ATF. Some state laws do classify BP weapons (as well as air rifles) as firearms and prohibit felons from possessing them. Virginia does not classify BP weapons as firearms and thus there is no prohibition from ownership.Added: The ATF portion of the US Code is not the governing statute which addresses UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS BY CONVICTED FELONS.The appropriate section of the US Criminal Code is - 18 USC, Para 921.Therein you will find blackpowder arms described, and defined, and the language prohibitting their possession by felons.FYI - black powder is further described as an "explosive," and the possession of explosives by felons is ALSO prohibited.So . . . both the possession of modern blackpowder arms AND the propellant which fires them is prohibited to felons.Actually if you read the paragraph you'd note that it specifically says that antiques and replicas thereof are specifically excluded from the description of a firearm. Also, Black powder in quantities of less than 50# is not considered an explosive. The original poster and any other interested parties might do well to check the ATF website for information about the restoration of their civil rights including the right to own firearms.
nope you have to get a permit
Only for hunting purposes.Another View: Check with the law enforcement officials of your state of residence. FEDERAL laws prohibit felons from owning firearms - UNLESS - they are antique muzzle loaders manufactured BEFORE 1895 - or - EXACT replicas of such a gun, and then there is the small matter of the prohibition against felons possessing explosives (black powder) that has to be overcome.
There really isn't a "good" state for felons. Northeastern states tend to be more lenient than southern states, but they also have a higher cost of living.
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Felons cannot legally own guns in any state.
No a convicted felon can not own any type of projectile firearm. A black powder pistol is still a firearm. no it is a firearm
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no they do not ----- In general, black powder handguns do not require registration. I would check with local authorities, however, because the registration laws vary from state to state, and may even involve local ordinances.