2nd Amendment and Right to Bear Arms/muzzeloader rifle


i am a convicted felon which happened 27 years ago only time arrested in New York can I hunt with a muzzeloading rifle legally ?

A convicted felon may not lawfully possess a muzzle loading rifle in New York State.

Until recently, felons were only prohibited from possessing rifles and shotguns in New York. After two notorious murders involving state troopers and muzzle loading firearms, the law was amended to include muzzle loaders.

The relevant subsection of NYS Penal Law section 265.01 now reads:

Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

 A  person  is  guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth
degree when:

(4) He possesses a rifle, shotgun,  antique  firearm,  black  powder
rifle, black powder shotgun, or any muzzle-loading firearm, and has been
convicted of a felony or serious offense.

Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree is a class A misdemeanor.


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Practicing firearms law attorney, including representation of individuals, gun clubs, sportsmen's organizations, shooting ranges, and businesses. Over 20 years of grassroots activism, including involvement in campaigns and elections; writing and editing articles, letters, press-releases, policy papers, and op-ed columns; interaction with firearm regulatory agencies; former board member and current legal advisor to the board of sportsmen's and firearm civil rights organizations; pro-bono counsel on select firearms-related legal cases; debated leaders of the gun-control lobby on national television. Lecturer on lawful use of deadly physical force and crime prevention.

Attorney at law. Extensive practice, independent study and research in this field. NRA-certified firearms instructor (rifle, pistol, shotgun, home firearm safety, personal protection) and Chief Range Safety Officer.

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