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A suggestion by local State Police has led to the amendment of a state weapon law for certain convicted individuals.

New York State Penal Law was amended in August 2011 to include antique firearms, black-powder rifles and shotguns, and any muzzle-loading firearm to the list of prohibited weapons for individuals convicted of a felony or serious offense, according to a State Police press release.

“The bottom line, in our opinion, is that a modern day in-line, muzzle-loading rifle is basically a single-shot rifle,” he said. “The pure mechanics of them make them easy to reload.”

Prior to the newly amended law, those individuals were allowed to possess such weapons, but now if they are found with them, they will face a misdemeanor charge.

“It’ll keep law enforcement safe,” Keniston added.

Source: Rebecca Webster for The Press-Republican via Officer.com.

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