Reader Jake Randolph wrote to The Ada News with a question for Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game wardens.
“Is there any truth to a rumor that convicted felons can own one rifle for hunting? And, what about crossbows?” Randolph asked.
ODWC Game Warden Ty Runyan put the rumor to rest, officially.
“This rumor is, in fact, untrue,” Runyan said. “According to state (law) and the Gun Control Act of 1968, it is unlawful for any person convicted of a felony to ship, transport, possess, receive or purchase any firearm or ammunition.”
When it comes to crossbows, however, Runyan said the answer is not so clear.
“When it comes to crossbows, the stipulation depends on the convicted person’s terms of probation or release,” Runyan said. “If you are a convicted felon wishing to hunt with a bow or muzzleloader, it’s your responsibility to look up your terms (of probation or parole) to make sure you know whether you’re allowed to own or possess these weapons.”
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