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Can a felon still hunt an own a black powder weapon in ari

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can a felon still hunt an own a black powder weapon in arizona
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 1 year ago.
Hello, Federal law specifically exempts muzzle loaders from their firearm statute, so long as they are black powder guns manufactured before 1899 or a replica of one manufactured before 1899. So you'd be safe under Federal law. However, you need to see the Arizona firearm statute, as some states model their definition of a firearm after the Federal definition, and others don't. That's found in 13-301.4: "Firearm" means any loaded or unloaded handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other weapon that will expel, is designed to expel or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Firearm does not include a firearm in permanently inoperable condition." Arizona makes no exceptions for antique firearms. So a muzzle loader would be illegal. Under their law, an operable antique gun would still be a firearm. YOu can see this also in an opinion drafted by the Arizona Attorney General. It would be a crime for you to use or possess a black powder gun in Arizona.
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 1 year ago.
Just checking in to see if you need more help or any clarification of my answer. If so, please reply here on this question thread.