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Can A Federally Convicted Felon Hunt With An Air Gun Or Air

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Can A Federally Convicted Felon Hunt With An Air Gun Or Air Rifle in all states even those who impose state law restricting a felon from possessing a projectile type weapon. Below is how the Idaho Fish and Game describes the State law.

GAme and Fish of Idaho says,
It depends on the felony. Under Idaho law, anyone convicted of any of 36 felonies may not own, use or carry a firearm, which the law defines as "any weapon from which a shot, projectile or other object may be discharged by force of combustion, explosive, gas and/or mechanical means, whether operable or inoperable." This includes firearmes, muzzleloaders and archery equipment. The right can under some circumstances be restored, unless the crime was murder in the first or second degree, or if conviction included the use of a firearm in the commission of any the listed felonies. (For a list of felonies see Idaho Code Title 18, Chapter 3, section 18-310.)

A person convicted of a felony in another state comparable to any crime enumerated in Idaho Code Section 18-310 (2) may not possess a firearm, muzzleloader or archery equipment unless the felony conviction has been expunged or pardoned by the jurisdiction of the conviction.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 4 years ago.

Thelawman2 :

Air guns are not considered firearms and therefore are not subject to the same restrictions as other guns. Therefore, a federally convicted felon should not have a problem owning an air gun. However, if any explosive is used in the air gun, then it would be considered a firearm.

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