Illegal Possession of Firearms
United States law supports the right for individuals to purchase and own firearms, but there are exceptions and regulations dictating who can possess weapons, how they are carried, and where they can be taken. It is important to understand the laws regarding firearms in the U.S. because violations of these laws can result in serious consequences for the offender.
Many people are aware that the law allows citizens to possess firearms for the purpose of self-defense and hunting. Unfortunately, carrying or possessing a firearm in an illegal manner often leads to fines, arrests, and/or jail time. If you or a loved one has been arrested for firearm possession, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
Illegal Firearm Possession
Although the law permits most individuals to purchase and possess firearms, certain members of society are usually not allowed to own or carry guns, including:
- Persons under the age of 18 for shotguns and rifles.
- Persons under the age of 21 for other types of weapons.
- Convicted felons.
- Individuals who suffer from mental disorders or have been institutionalized.
- Persons dishonorably discharged from military service.
- Individuals charged in domestic violence disputes and misdemeanor crimes.
- Citizens facing restrictions due to harassment, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner.
It is important to know the regulations regarding weapons possession in the United States and to follow the law accordingly.
If you have been charged with illegal firearm possession, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your legal options today.