Asked in Criminal Law for Idaho

Q: I need to know what hunting rights I have asI am a felon

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Christi Lynn Schofield
Christi Lynn Schofield
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boise, ID
  • Licensed in Idaho

A: In Idaho, your firearm rights depend on which felony you were convicted of. And just because you may have the right to possess in Idaho, doesn’t mean you have the same right under federal law. You should consult with a criminal defense attorney who has knowledge about firearm rights.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boise, ID
  • Licensed in Idaho

A: As a felon, you are not able to own or possess a "gun." You can hunt with a bow or any other manual weapon, so long as it does not qualify as a "gun." Unfortunately your question didn't indicate what kind of felony you were convicted of. Idaho and most other states have a "list of unpardonable sins" or crimes that these states will NEVER FORGET and will NEVER ALLOW TO OWN OR POSSESS A GUN. So, you might let me know what kind of felony you were convicted of and I could tell you fairly quickly whether your specific crime is or is not on this draconian list. Assuming that you weren't convicted of an "unpardonable sin," as soon as you finish probation or parole your civil liberties are "automatically restored" to you. There is no "motion" you'd have to file in order to buy a gun. Just walk into Cabela's and say "hi I'd like to buy a gun" and see what they say? Good luck to you!

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boise, ID
  • Licensed in Idaho

A: If you are a felon you are NOT allowed to own or possess a gun. Some felonies under I.C. 18-301 prevent you from EVER owning a gun. Idaho is somewhat more forgiving and says if your felony ISN’T on the “unforgivable” list, that as soon as your probation or parole is completed, your civil rights are automatically restored to you and you can purchase a firearm (and go hunting)!

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