Gun & Weapon Crimes
Federal and state laws allow many people to possess certain guns and weapons for a variety of purposes. These purposes can include hunting, recreation or self defense. The laws that guarantee some people the right to own and carry certain weapons also specify when it is illegal to own or use such weapons. Violating these laws by unlawfully possessing or using a weapon is a serious crime.
Types of Weapon Crimes
The most common infractions of weapon laws involve the use, possession, sale or ownership of firearms. Although there are laws banning the use or possession of certain other weapons, such as brass knuckles or illegal knives, firearms are frequently the subject of weapons crimes. Some examples include:
- Concealed Carry Violations. Many states allow qualifying citizens to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm. In order to obtain this permit, strict guidelines must be followed and qualifying tests must be successfully completed. Common concealed carry violations include carrying a weapon with an invalid permit, carrying a weapon in a restricted area or carrying a weapon while intoxicated.
- Illegal Firearms Violations. In most jurisdictions, it is a federal and state crime to modify firearms in certain ways. A common example is modifying a shotgun to a “sawed-off” configuration. This involves cutting down the weapon until it is below the required length for legal possession. Another violation is modifying a firearm to fire in a fully automatic capacity. This means modifying a firearm so that it fires more than one bullet with a single pull of the trigger.
- Illegal Firearm Use. Discharging a firearm outside of a legally accepted area is a common weapons crime. This can occur when someone fires a gun in a restricted area. Generally, discharging a firearm without valid reason outside of a firing range or hunting area is considered illegal firearm use.
Weapon crimes lawyers sometimes use evidence of illegal searches and seizures to defend their clients against weapon crime charges. For example, if a police officer conducted a search of a person without a warrant or valid reason, any resulting weapons charges may be dropped.
If you’ve been accused of a gun-related crime, contact Justin T. Surginer. He will work hard to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.