Can I get a hunting license and carry guns if I get a Certificate of Relief?

The New York State Penal Law section 265.20 states a person must be in possession of a Certificate of Good Conduct to legally possess a firearm if they have been convicted of a felony or serious offense.  The National Instant Criminal Background Check System(NICS) at the Federal level requires a Certificate of Good Conduct, as it is specified in the Penal Law, in order to purchase firearms.  It does not specifically address the possession of previously owned firearms.  They have indicated an individual must be eligible to possess both long guns and handguns without any restrictions as to purpose, place or usage.  In order to be able to purchase a long gun someone must obtain both an unrestricted Certificate of Relief from Disabilities and a Certificate of Good Conduct.  There has been much discussion regarding allowing people to have their rights restored through a Certificate of Relief only.  However, at this time the law has not been changed and a Certificate of Good Conduct is sometimes required. Also, be advised effective 1/30/12, you may no longer use or possess black powder guns or muzzle loaders without the appropriate certificate.

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1. When do I need a Certificate of Relief?
2. If I received Youthful Offender do I need a Certificate?
3. What does a Certificate of Relief do?
4. Who grants Certificates?
5. When are Certificates issued and how do I apply?
6. If I was sentenced in one county but my Probation was transferred to another county to which court do I go?
7. Can I get a hunting license and carry guns if I get a Certificate of Relief?
8. Can I serve on jury duty if I get a Certificate of Relief?
9. For how long is a Certificate good?
10. What can I do if I have more than one felony conviction?
11. Are there protections against discrimination based on criminal convictions?
12. What does "mandatory disabilities" mean?
13. What are some of the employment and licenses from which formerly incarcerated individuals may be barred?
14. How can mandatory disabilities be removed?
15. Who is eligible for a Certificate of Relief?
16. What effect does a Certificate of Relief have on my status?
17. Who is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct?
18. What effect does a Certificate of Good Conduct have on my status?
19. Where can I obtain more information about Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct, or licensing and employment?