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#7183775 - 05/30/18 12:13 PM Can a felon own a big bore air rifle?
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Just curious, I know they can possess certain muzzleloaders.


Edited by bossbowman (05/30/18 12:14 PM)

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#7183784 - 05/30/18 12:22 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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Don't see why not, they can own any other air rifle correct?

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#7183797 - 05/30/18 12:28 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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#7183801 - 05/30/18 12:31 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Don't see why not, they can own any other air rifle correct?
Possess would be the more accurate word, a convicted felon can't possess a firearm in texas but they can hunt with a bow or certain muzzleloaders.


Edited by bossbowman (05/30/18 12:33 PM)

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#7183805 - 05/30/18 12:33 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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Originally Posted By: bossbowman
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Don't see why not, they can own any other air rifle correct?
Possess would be the more accurate word, a convicted felon can't possess a firearm in texas but they can hunt with a bow or certain muzzleloaders.


Wrong. It's an airgun, not a firearm.

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#7183810 - 05/30/18 12:38 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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The term “firearm” is defined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Section 921(a)(3), to include "(A) any weapon (including a starter gun), which will, or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon…." Based on Section 921(a)(3), air guns, because they use compressed air and not an explosive to expel a projectile, do not constitute firearms under Federal law — ******unless they are manufactured with the frames or receivers of an actual firearm****** Accordingly, the domestic sale and possession of air guns is normally unregulated under the Federal firearms laws enforced by ATF.
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#7184277 - 05/30/18 08:17 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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Originally Posted By: bossbowman
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Don't see why not, they can own any other air rifle correct?
Possess would be the more accurate word, a convicted felon can't possess a firearm in texas but they can hunt with a bow or certain muzzleloaders.


An air rifle isn’t a firearm so there is nothing prohibiting possession, ownership or otherwise.

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#7185064 - 05/31/18 04:15 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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A felon who has completed sentencing or parole after a 5 year waiting period with no other offenses, may own and possess a legal firearm and can only use that firearm in their own residence for purposes of self defense. Full rights can be restored only through a pardon, which in Texas is extremely rare. However there is a movement gaining momentum to allow non violent felons who have completed their debt to society to have full rights restored after a waiting period. Probably will never happen in Texas.
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#7185084 - 05/31/18 04:30 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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Does this explain at least some of the recent push to make air guns legal for hunting deer?
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#7185086 - 05/31/18 04:30 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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But if you use said air gun in the commission of a felony, it can be recognized in court as a deadly weapon, thus raising the charge.
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#7185205 - 05/31/18 06:55 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Does this explain at least some of the recent push to make air guns legal for hunting deer?


I think so, thats why I posed the question, and also why I think the tpwd commision was so quick to kill this regulaiton change for this year.


Edited by bossbowman (05/31/18 06:56 PM)

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#7185215 - 05/31/18 07:04 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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After talking with the sheriff department, the AG and game warden , the answer is yes . For now, until legislation reclassifies air rifles.

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#7185651 - 06/01/18 10:21 AM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: varnoldi13]
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Originally Posted By: varnoldi13
After talking with the sheriff department, the AG and game warden , the answer is yes . For now, until legislation reclassifies air rifles.
Thats what I figured

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#7187279 - 06/03/18 09:23 AM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: Halfadozen]
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Originally Posted By: Halfadozen
A felon who has completed sentencing or parole after a 5 year waiting period with no other offenses, may own and possess a legal firearm and can only use that firearm in their own residence for purposes of self defense. Full rights can be restored only through a pardon, which in Texas is extremely rare. However there is a movement gaining momentum to allow non violent felons who have completed their debt to society to have full rights restored after a waiting period. Probably will never happen in Texas.
this raise's another ?, a felon can not purchase a fire arm, so if someone buys it for the felon, that is against the law
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#7187565 - 06/03/18 04:22 PM Re: Can a felon own a big bore air rifle? [Re: bossbowman]
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How come the Duke boys, who were always on probation & couldn’t have any firearms, could strap dynamite onto arrows & shoot them all over Hazard County without getting in any trouble?

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