State issues hunting licenses to convicted felons
ROCHESTER, N.Y. New York state is issuing hunting licenses to
convicted felons, despite a state law that bars felons from owning or
That's according to a report by Rochester television station
The station reports that it checked the state database of people
with felony convictions in a five-county area around Rochester dating
back to 1995, and compared it to the Department of Environmental
Conservation's list of hunting permits.
The results showed that 82 felons in the Rochester area alone were
issued hunting licenses last season.
The station reports that at least one of the felons used a gun to
hunt, and in fact he recorded his deer kill with the D-E-C.
D-E-C officials told the station that under current state law, the
agency isn't required to check a hunting license applicant's criminal
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