Can a felon purchase a hunting rifle ???

A convicted felon in ownership of
a rifle

Asked on May 7, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No... if a person purchases a rifle, they can potentially be charged with the offense of felon in possession of a firearm. Some agencies will be okay with the felon purchasing the firearm... but not okay with the act of them actually possessing it.  The rifle would have to be kept in the possession of a person who was not a felon.  Other aw enforcement agencies will interpret the act of exercising any control over the rifle as an act of possession and file charges.
Considering that possession of a firearm by a felon is a state and federal felony which can result in prison sentences, it's usually not worth the risk to even attempt to purchase a firearm.

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