This information about hunting with a felony conviction is from PackRunners.com — a website dedicated to helping those who have been convicted of a felony crime.
If you want this course of action, your best bet is to go to a meeting of a weapon rights group in your state, and ask people there for lawyer suggestions. Then, talk with a lawyer in your state. The information below uses only to Illinois, and even if you’re an Illinois resident, you’ll require a legal representative to jump through the hoops.
(Guns Save Life) — The Director of the Illinois State Police or a local court shall bring back a felon’s gun civil liberties in Illinois, under the Firearms Owner’s Identification Act under the following conditions, per the FOID Act:
the candidate has actually not been convicted of a forcible felony under the laws of this State or other jurisdiction within 20 years of the candidate’s application for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, or at least 20 years have passed because completion of any period of jail time imposed in relation to that conviction;
the applicant’s criminal history and his reputation are such that the applicant will not be most likely to act in a way unsafe to public security;
granting relief would not contrast the public interest; and
giving relief would not contrast federal law.
… The Director will give the relief if it is established by a preponderance of the proof that the individual will not be most likely to act in a manner dangerous to public security which giving relief would not be contrary to the public interest.
There are also comparable demands for people founded guilty of felonies as juveniles.
In cases of more small, non-violent felonies, this remediation process typically accompanies a very little quantity of difficulty if the person has actually led a hassle-free life for twenty or more years considering that the initial conviction or because any imprisonment was completed.
Clearly, the burden of proof upon the petitioner will be much higher for individuals who have been convicted of violent crimes, particular those involving the criminal misuse of guns.
Real life experiences of reformed felons securing hunting licenses
In my experiences as a guns instructor, I have actually had reformed felons in our GSL Defense Training courses previously, with FOID cards in excellent standing. They generally come to my attention when they call and request help after they have actually applied for a Florida carry license and received a rejection letter based upon the felony conviction.
I likewise understand of a minimum of two of these people who have actually gone on to submit extra details to Florida about Illinois’ procedure for restoring firearm civil rights. In each case, the licenses were given, however, the convictions were for non-violent felonies twenty- or thirty-plus years before.
Recommendations from an attorney
Attorney John Russell, who represented Mark McPherson (see below), provided some informal recommendations to those “who have actually been on the straight and narrow” and led exemplary lives given that their felony problems ended.
1) Engaging an attorney. Especially in urban areas, and especially in Cook County, the judges and the State’s Attorney’s workplace seem inclined to oppose any and all FOID card applications from previous felons.
2) Realize that the nature of the initial convictions and any subsequent confrontations with the law during the twenty year period will have an impact, and be used by the State’s attorney as proof of reputation. The applicant really has to appear like a Boy Scout if he intends to be successful. Violent criminal activities will make it far more challenging. Any subsequent concerns will be used against the candidate.
Realize in places like Cook County, they appear to be trying to find any excuse. Any profound character problems could be tough to defend against.
3) A history of neighborhood service and neighborhood participation is exceptionally handy. It’s simpler to encourage a judge that someone has actually really fixed his credibility when he can indicate a great deal of objective evidence that amounts to a good credibility.
4) Line up some strong testament to show the reputation evidence. Mark had that in spades. Whether its submitted by means of affidavit, or live, in-court testament, it helps when reliable, reliable, believable individuals want to go to bat for the petitioner. You can’t simply have your manager and your mother-in-law.