CanI ever use firearms to hunt if I’m a convicted felon?

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CanI ever use firearms to hunt if I’m a convicted felon?

I have been convicted of poss. of a controlled substance Schedule II, delivery of a controlled substance Schedule II, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. These are all Class C felonies in OR and the first 3 were from 2004 and the last one was from 2007.

Asked on September 17, 2010 under Criminal Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is my understanding that the law in Oregon as it stands prohibits a felon from possessing a firearm.  The law does not seem to make a distinction for "hunting" and merely says "possessing."  Being found guilty under the law is a crime known as "felon in possession of a firearm."  This is codified under the law under section 166.270.  There is a small distinction for those that were convicted of marijuana possession but the conviction had to be before a date in 1972.  That would not apply to you.  I would, however, double check with a criminal defense attorney in your are to be sure.  And hunting with a bow and arrow will probably be out too.   


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