Is it legal for a convicted felon to possess an Airsoft gun?

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Is it legal for a convicted felon to possess an Airsoft gun?

Postby hooterville » Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:03 pm

In Florida ?

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Postby Knuckles » Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:15 pm

No.
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/ ... ssion=2006

In Nevada (where I was LE) any felon possessing any firearm or replica was indeed in violation of the law. A felon with a BB gun is an armed and dangerous individual in the eyes of the law.
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Postby Eyes On » Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:16 pm

It depends on the state, and the conditions.

Possession of an airsoft gun during the commission of a crime is generally construed as a firearm offense in most states. But to simply own one is not of itself a violation depending on what state you live in. In Florida, they are considering some legislation that would inhibit your ability to posses such an object.

There is also an issue of association. We have a lot of players who work in Law Enforcement and with the Military, or have association standards based on their jobs who can not associate with a felon. We don't allow them to come to our games for this reason.

Seeing as you're in the Georgia area, please don't take this as legal advice. You should check with competent legal counsel authorized to practice law in your state, and in good standing with your states Bar Association.

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Postby Eyes On » Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:20 pm

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Postby MAXXIMO » Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:59 pm

good info

hey gunny, do u have the oregon ver. of that?
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Postby hooterville » Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:19 pm

Sounds like nobody in Florida can have an Airsoft gun, felon or not?
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Postby Eyes On » Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:34 pm

MAXXIMO wrote:good info

hey gunny, do u have the oregon ver. of that?


If there is one, I can find it. One of these days I'll actually look.

hooterville wrote:Sounds like nobody in Florida can have an Airsoft gun, felon or not?


No, that's not true. It HAS to have the red tip, or it will be construed as a firearm. Again, check with competent legal counsel licensed to practice law in the State of Florida for the specifics.
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Postby hooterville » Tue Apr 11, 2006 3:28 pm

I still do not see anything on a felon possessing an Airsoft gun Just illegal to be used in the commission of a felony.
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Postby Knuckles » Tue Apr 11, 2006 3:46 pm

In Nevada, it was a sense issue. What sense does it make for any felon to have any gun. And they mean it. A nail gun is about all a felon is supposed to have in his/her possession. Think about it from the cops' POV, say a traffic stop on your way home from a game. Harmless. He/she runs your plate, it comes back as registered to you, an ex-felon. That officer INSTANTLY escalates his/her response level upon seeing you, an ex-felon in camo WITH (read:any) A Gun. That officer doesn't care if it is a BB gun or not. They now blow the top off of their escalation-o-meter. You, the ex-felon, are now staring down the barrel of a REAL gun, wielded by officer X. You go down, at least right then, for a FIP. You can explain to to the judge why you, an ex-felon, was in possession of (any) A Gun. So, in my book, it's up to you to decide. Does it make sense for a felon in Nevada to own an airsoft gun?
(for the record, Nevada is a good ol'boy state. Run by liberals and EVERYONE has a gun and 1 in 4 has a CCW)
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Postby Eyes On » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:26 pm

hooterville wrote:Who Knows?


The specific answer needs to cme from someone licensed to practice law in Florida. You're looking for legal advice regarding that state, and that's where you should look.
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Postby Matt » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:32 pm

That's that.
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