State Laws and Felon Crossbow Ownership
There are always exceptions to every rule. Not all states allow felons to possess crossbows, such as New York, which doesn’t allow felons to own weapons period. Whether that has been an effective strategy in their efforts to reduce crime is very debatable… Some states ban crossbow hunting regardless of a person’s criminal background, such as Oregon.
On the other hand, Texas has certain restrictions in certain counties, so you not only have to know the state law but also the local county laws.
Meanwhile, Washington State actually holds “lotteries” for hunting privileges for felons.
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For this reason, it is important to check your local state laws before going out crossbow shopping! You can inquire through your local jurisdiction’s police department or even with a qualified attorney. But just remember, if you are a felon in possession of a crossbow, and your state specifically prohibits you from owning that such weapons, then you will not be able to claim “ignorance of the law” if you are caught. The last thing a felon wants is a quick ticket back to jail, and owning a weapon you aren’t legally allowed to own is a surefire way to get into trouble.