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Muzzle loader and felons
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Author:  jrp267 [ Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:40 am ]
Post subject:  Muzzle loader and felons

Can a felon hunt with a muzzle loader? I am having a discussion with an individual and am trying to figure out who's right.

Author:  RobD [ Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Muzzle loader and felons

It may need a test case, but I would say no...

State laws defining "firearms" (609.666, 609.02, 97A.015) fall into several classes:

1. Federal law, basically a cartridge-loading arm.

2. Or expels projectiles by action of an explosive (nevermind that smokeless powder is hardly an explosive, legislatures don't know that much), or

3. Expels a projectile by means of an expanding gas (which would include muzzleloaders).

Case law has convicted felons for carrying a BB gun.

A convicted felon barred from carrying a firearm broke the law when he started toting a BB gun, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled.

John Fleming Jr. couldn't legally carry a gun because of two felony assault convictions, so he packed a BB gun instead.

Ramsey County prosecutors decided Fleming was splitting hairs and charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Fleming won when a Ramsey County District judge threw out the charge, ruling the statute doesn't apply to BB guns. But the appeals court ruled prosecutors could again take aim at the two-time felon.

The appellate court reinstated the charge against Fleming, finding that a firearm is "any gun from which a shot or a projectile is discharged by means of explosive, gas or compressed air."

Fleming is accused of carrying a black metal BB gun that discharges a pellet by means of a CO2 cartridge.

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