http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&[email protected]+&LIST=LAW+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=53916491+&TARGET=VIEW3. "Firearm" means (a) any pistol or revolver; or (b) a shotgun having
one or more barrels less than eighteen inches in length; or (c) a rifle
having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length; or (d)
any weapon made from a shotgun or rifle whether by alteration,
modification, or otherwise if such weapon as altered, modified, or
otherwise has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches; or (e)
an assault weapon. For the purpose of this subdivision the length of the
barrel on a shotgun or rifle shall be determined by measuring the
distance between the muzzle and the face of the bolt, breech, or
breechlock when closed and when the shotgun or rifle is cocked; the
overall length of a weapon made from a shotgun or rifle is the distance
between the extreme ends of the weapon measured along a line parallel to
the center line of the bore. Firearm does not include an antique
I will overlook your comment that "laywers suck" and assume you were kidding.AKDave said:Well. NYS and federal law prohibits felons from owning or using firearms. According to the definition above an airgun is not a firearm. My friend has a felony and would like to come hunting. DEC allows small game hunting with an air rifle, however, DEC considers (http://www.dec.ny.gov/regs/3934.html#13355), "FOR THE PURPOSES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE LAW" an airgun using .17 or larger, capable of 600 fps or more, a firearm. It seems that DEC and NYS don't agree. Which would be the relevant law determining whether or not an airgun is indeed a firearm and whether or not a felon can possess an airgun. I would think it's NYS law, since DEC only covers environmental law and DEC specifies that "For the purposes of the Fish and Wildlife Law, an implement meeting the above specifications shall be considered a firearm or gun, and may be used to take protected wildlife whenever such protected wildlife may legally be taken with a rimfire rifle." which seems to imply that they only consider it a firearm in order to allow it to be used for hunting since you must use a firearm to hunt small game. Ugh, lawyers suck.
Felons may only possess muzzleloader's in NY until January 30, 2012. Law has been ammended effective that date to prohibit the same.wreckhog said:I believe felons and muzzleloader long guns and of course bows are good 2 go. My local shop sells plsnty of MLs to folks that hunt just for that reason.
Yes, a felon is allowed to possess, target practice and or hunt with an airgun. The only restrictions is New York City. New York City has strict laws regarding airguns.Does NYS consider an airgun using .17 or larger, capable of over 600 fps, a firearm? Can a ex-felon legally own an airgun?
Oh to be that simple.Yes, a felon is allowed to possess, target practice and or hunt with an airgun. The only restrictions is New York City. New York City has strict laws regarding airguns.