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it took me awhile, because there is nothing specific about a "muzzleloader" being possessed by a felon - so i needed to locate the definition of "firearm" and the ORS state the following definition under 166.210
3) "Firearm" means a weapon, by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of powder and which is readily capable of use as a weapon."
given that definition, coupled with the fact that oregon also denies possession by a felon of any antique firearm - because of how it is defined - my opinion is you cannot hunt with the muzzleloader
but my research did reveal that if your rights to hunt have been restored, you can use a muzzleloader in the State of Washington - just an FYI since you are neighbors.
FYI - definition of antique firearm, which by Oregon law cannot be possessed by a felon, either -
1) "Antique firearm" means:
(a) Any firearm, including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap or similar type of ignition system, manufactured in or before 1898; and
(b) Any replica of any firearm described in paragraph (a) of this subsection if the replica:
(A) Is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition; or
(B) Uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition that is no longer manufactured in the United States and that is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.
well that might fall under the federal definition - but see state laws can supersede federal law if they are more strict. and by oregon's definition, i would say the ML is illegal for a felon - but you can always check with the department of fish and wildlife and they would have that information for certain - i tried thier website and could find no online information - but here is the contact information(NNN) NNN-NNNNor
Toll Free: (800) 720-ODFW
there are a few states that prohibit the muzzle loader and it is based on the definition of a firearm within the statutes. and they are usually the same states that prohibit the possession of an antique, too. that is why i looked in every possible place to make sure i would not provide you wrong information - saying yes, you can - when you cannot - and, based on the definition as i provided, my opinion is no, you can't. i could be wrong. check with DFW and if i am right come back and accept the answer. if i am wrong come back and tell me, so i know for future reference. hows that?
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