There are many laws regulating the manufacturing, importation, distribution, and use of explosive devices. The United States government tries to restrict access to these materials to prevent dangerous situations from arising. However, the plethora of statutory law surrounding this area can make it extremely difficult to understand, leaving you susceptible to criminal charges. Therefore, it may be beneficial for you to understand a few explosives offenses so that you know how to avoid them and defend against any such allegations.
One type of common explosives offense is illegal distribution to certain individuals. For example, it is illegal to knowingly distribute explosive materials to a criminal fugitive, anyone under the age of 21, or who is addicted to a controlled substance. It is also illegal for those who have a legal permit allowing them to manufacture, distribute or use explosives to do anything with those materials without properly notifying the Attorney General. Additionally, it is against federal law to fail to report theft of explosives within 24 hours of such theft.
These are just a few of the many laws regulating the use of explosives. Being accused and subsequently convicted of any of these crimes can result in significant penalties. For example, the offenses discussed above are punishable by fines and up to 10 years in prison. Other explosives-related crimes may carry significantly longer prison sentences.
Being accused of a crime involving firearms and explosives can be scary. Though we certainly hope this article is beneficial to you, we do not want you to construe it as legal advice, as every case is unique and therefore needs individualized attention. Thus, if you are accused of federal firearms offenses, you should consider speaking with an experienced Sacramento defense attorney.
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “Federal Explosives Law and Regulations,” accessed on Nov. 29, 2014