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NY State issues hunting licenses to convicted felons

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 carrying firearms.

That's according to a report by Rochester television station W-H-E-C.

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 background.

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