August 18th, 2009, 06:03 PM
In Texas, gun no, bow yes.
Originally Posted by Dextreme
August 18th, 2009, 06:56 PM
The licenses don't specifically require the use of firearms to hunt, and state officials note that most felons could legally hunt using other weapons, such as bows. Several people contacted by the AP said they hunted legally with bows while on probation.
I did learn that people on parole can no longer use a bow as a condition of parole. I don't know about probation.
I. Automatic Restoration of Rights:
A convicted person is ineligible to vote only if “serving a sentence for a felony in
a penal institution.” Mont. Const. art. IV, § 2. Right to vote regained upon
release from incarceration. A felony offender may not hold public office until
final discharge from state supervision. Id. art. IV, § 4. Under Mont. Code Ann. §
46-18-801(1), a conviction does not result in loss of civil rights except as
provided in the Montana Constitution, or as specifically enumerated by the
sentencing judge “as a necessary condition of the sentence directed toward the
objectives of rehabilitation and the protection of society.” Full rights – including
firearms rights -- are automatically restored “by termination of state supervision
for any offense against the state.” Mont. Const. art. II, § 28. Accord Mont. Code
Ann. § 46-18-801(2) (“Except as provided in the Montana Constitution, if a
person has been deprived of a civil or constitutional right by reason of conviction
for an offense and the person’s sentence has expired or the person has been
pardoned, the person is restored to all civil rights and full citizenship, the same as
if the conviction had not occurred.”).
Constitution does not provide for disqualification from jury service, but a statute
does. See Mont. Code Ann. § 3-15-303(2) (person who has been “convicted of
malfeasance in office or any felony or other high crime” is not competent to sit as
juror). Not clear what effect this has statute in light of § 46-18-801(2).*
Firearms rights lost only if offense involved use of firearm, Mont. Code Ann. §
46-18-221(1). Ineligible for concealed weapon permit if convicted of offense
carrying punishment of one or more year in prison, or if convicted of certain
violent or sex offenses without regard to length of prison term. § 45-8-321(1)(c).
If lost, firearms rights restored automatically upon termination of supervision.
See Mont. Const. art. II, § 28; Mont. Code Ann. § 46-18-801(2).
II. Discretionary Restoration Mechanisms:
A. Executive pardon:
• Authority: The pardon power is vested in the Governor, but legislature
may control process. Mont. Const. art. VI, § 12. Governor may issue
pardon only upon recommendation of Board of Pardons and Parole, except
in capital cases, though he is not bound to accept the Board’s favorable
recommendations. Mont. Code Ann. §§ 46-23-104(1), 46-23-301(3).
Non-capital cases in which Board recommends denial are not sent to
Governor. Governor must report to the legislature each pardon and reasons
for it. § 46-23-316.
Federal Law says...
Anyone who has been convicted of a felony is banned by federal law from ever possessing “any firearm or ammunition." Specifically a person "convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year" cannot possess any firearm in any location. 18 U.S.C. 922(g) is the federal law that prohibits anyone ever convicted of any felony to ever possess any firearm either inside or outside of his home. The federal punishment for felon gun possession is up to 10 years in prison.
The Statutory Exception
The rule prohibiting felon gun ownership has some exceptions. There is specific statutory language providing that the federal criminal firearms possession does not apply to individuals who have had their civil rights restored by the state in which they where convicted of the felony.
18 U.S.C. 921(a)(20) provides:
"Any conviction which has been expunged, or set aside or for which a person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored shall not be considered a conviction for purposes of this chapter, unless such pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly [or implicitly as a matter of state law] provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms."
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August 18th, 2009, 06:58 PM
I agree with this except i think he should be banned from a bow as well. I understand that people need a second chance. I think that it should depend on why he did time. If he didn't pay a parking ticket i don't think he should be banned from weapons but if he killed his wife with a shotgun than be all means keep weapons out of his hands.
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August 18th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Muzzleloader is also ok in TX if it does not use a shotgun primer, it has to use a percussion cap or a flintlock
Originally Posted by bigrackHack
August 18th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Here in Indiana they cant hunt with a gun but can with a bow. A buddy of mine is a convicted felon did 4 years in prison (10years ago) & he bow hunts with me. He is a killer........................ ...............of whitetails.
August 18th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Start a fire for a man, He'll stay warm for an hour...
Start that man on fire, He'll stay warm for the rest of his life!!!!!!
August 18th, 2009, 08:18 PM
So thats why there's so many bowhunters in Alabama...................just kidding
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August 18th, 2009, 08:20 PM
In NY they can hunt with a bow or muzzleloader. One of the biggest poaching dirtbags around here had his second arrest for selling drugs a few years back and got sent to prison as a felon. We figured we'd never have to deal with him sneaking onto our hunting area again.
Wrong. He still hunts with a muzzleloader. Last year, he got caught shooting the NYDEC decoy deer on posted property. I'm betting I STILL see him hunting this fall.
August 6th, 2010, 06:14 AM
in wv u can hunt with a bow and if you asked to and are granted permission by a magistrate court based on your crime u can hunt with a muzzleloader
August 6th, 2010, 07:18 AM
Here in MN felons can hunt with both a bow and a muzzleloader. Muzzleloaders dont require a background check or anything when you purchase one..
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August 6th, 2010, 07:49 AM
Yep, I have a buddy in IL that bowhunts with us that cannot touch a firearm.
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August 6th, 2010, 07:54 AM
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August 6th, 2010, 07:58 AM
In order to weed out the bad apples and increased security posture, the Army Base I hunt went to State Police background checks as a prerequiste to hunt on base. The first year they implemented the background checks, the hunting roster went from 1,800 hunters to 600. I'm sure most didn't want to deal with the extra red tape, but I'm sure there were a few felons in the mix.
August 6th, 2010, 08:20 AM
In new york they can hunt with bow and Muzzleloaders.
Originally Posted by Dextreme
It the USA a Muzzleloaders is not a firearm.
of coures in are state dont take much to be a convicted felons
Just yesterday in town They got a kid 17 years old dwI , had two other kids in the car . clean record untill yesterday. 1st dwi in ny is a felony if you have a kid in the car. Now the kid will be convicted felon and will never hold a good job and have his record for life. Not saying what he did was right,But you ever did something stupid when you where 17.
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August 6th, 2010, 08:20 AM
Same in VA
Originally Posted by boarman1
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August 6th, 2010, 09:59 AM
in pa they can hunt with a bow and i believe they can hunt with a gun but they are not allowed to own the gun and have it at there residence meaning they could use someone elses gun.
August 6th, 2010, 10:06 AM
I live in Florida and ya BOWONLY for anyone convicted...
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August 6th, 2010, 10:10 AM
Really you think all felons are equal? I had a buddy in high school, he was 19, she was 17. They had sex. Her parent didn't care but a jealous ex boyfriend did and turned him in.
Originally Posted by wolbear
He got arrested and convicted of Statatory Rape. To you really think this guy should loose all his rights. It is a felony.
In General I agree with you but not everything is black and white.
I have another friend that got busted at 16 with one his dad's pistols in his car. The thing was non functioning. He was consider a felon. I believe he bow hunted until he turned 18 and then it got wiped off his record.
August 6th, 2010, 10:14 AM
in ohio my step brother was allowed to bow hunt but not gun hunt due to his felony dui. he had to get permission from the judge and p.o.
August 6th, 2010, 10:39 AM
Not true actually. I was camping, well drinking in the woods around a fire with buddy's and then passing out, and a random friend showed up and he was telling us how he could hunt with a civil war era gun but that is it because he was a felon. Some ridiculous story we all laughed and no way I believed him. Anyway, I looked it up...
Originally Posted by GOTTABOWHUNT00
unless the convicted felon has had his/her civil rights restored by the state's Clemency Board or the firearm qualifies as an antique firearm under Florida statute 790.001(1). Properly licensed convicted felons may hunt with bows, crossbows or antique firearms per Florida statute 790 during hunting seasons when such devices are legal for taking game.
The 2005 Florida Statutes Title XLVI, Section, 790.001(1) states "Antique firearm means any firearm manufactured in or before 1918 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap or similar early type of ignition system) or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1918, and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1918, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade."
August 6th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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August 6th, 2010, 10:46 AM
The laws now that make you a felon in some cases is rediculous.
September 9th, 2013, 12:43 AM
IDAHO Fish & Game Q&A
Originally Posted by Dextreme
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." That would include a bow. 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.)
September 9th, 2013, 05:33 AM
Unless its specified in your probation otherwise, IL is a yes. My nieces ex couldn't touch a gun, bow, or knife legally.
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September 9th, 2013, 06:01 AM
FWIW, we have archery in the U.S. mostly because of such laws (read Maurice Thompson's Witchery of Archery). The other reason of course is Ishi.
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