What is the name of your state? Colorado
I was convicted of a Federal felony back in 1985, served my time and have not been in trouble since.
I am contemplating the purchase of a modern black powder rifle (a CVA .50 caliber single shot "Buckhorn" rifle) for personal protection while in the woods -- I do gold prospecting during the spring & summer, and live in the woods for extended periods of up to 6 months at a time.
The rifle will be transported in the bed of my pickup truck through virtually all of the western states (CO, NM, AZ, WY, ID, MT, WA, CA & OR) -- unloaded and trigger-locked when I am not in the woods. I plan to carry enough Pyridex (a black powder substitute), bullets & #209 shotshell primers for approximately 20 shots. This weapon will only be used for protection against wild animals (bears, cougars, coyotes & mountain lions mostly).
The last I knew, black powder weapons were specifically exempted from the gun control laws. I do know that my purchase will be a simple "cash & carry" transaction at my local Wal-Mart -- no forms or identification required. This leads me to believe that I am correct in my belief that my ownership of this weapon is legal -- however, I want to make absolutely sure that I am not violating the law before I actually make the purchase.
Can one or more of you please advise me as to the legality of this purchase and ownership? Thank you!
John E. Smith
Alamosa, COWhat is the name of your state?