Our blog post last week focused on who is prohibited from owning a firearm. It is a long list, but one that Californians should be aware of. If you fail to know the law, then you could find yourself facing very serious allegations. And when it comes to federal firearms offenses, the law does not proceed with a delicate touch.
The federal laws surrounding gun possession, sales and transfers can be long and confusing. Yet, unfamiliarity with these laws can lead to a legal nightmare. It is therefore in an individual's best interests to learn of these laws, particularly if facing criminal charges. Only by having this knowledge can a criminal defendant make the legal choices that are right for him or her.
The Florida and federal governments closely regulate who can own and possess a firearm. Though theory behind these laws is that they will keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who are more likely to cause harm and commit crimes, the fact of the matter is that many harmless individuals end up being accused of a criminal offense. As a result, these accused individuals face the very real possibility of significant penalties that could severely damage their lives.
You might think that, so long as you purchase a gun legally, you can send it to whomever you want. However, this is not the case. The federal government has placed numerous restrictions on the transport and shipping of firearms, and those who run afoul of these laws can be charged with a serious federal firearms offense. Therefore, it is in your best interest to know the law as best as possible before mailing a gun to another individual.
A Southern California UPS worker was recently taken into custody on numerous federal firearms offenses. Authorities allege the accused individual stole several shipments of guns intended for a Turner's Outdoorsman store located in Rancho Cucamonga. In total, authorities believe the 36-year-old suspect stole 72 firearms, which were then allegedly given to a middleman to be sold on the black market. Both the former UPS driver and the alleged middleman face numerous charges, which include theft of firearms, receipt and possession of stolen firearms, and theft of goods in interstate commerce.
Jeremy Meeks, the man whose "handsome" mugshot went viral on the internet, has now been indicted on a federal firearms offense charge. Authorities say that the charge was levied because Meeks has a 2002 conviction for grand theft, so when he was arrested last month for a parole violation and was found with a gun, he was felon in possession of a firearm, which in some cases is a federal offense. Police allege Meeks was carrying a .45 semi-automatic pistol when he was arrested. If convicted, Meeks could be dealt up to 10 years in prison.
Since weapons, in particular guns and explosives, are so dangerous, the law places strict guidelines on who and under what circumstances they can be owned. Failure to abide by these rules could result in allegations of federal firearms offenses, which might leave an accused individual with serious long-term consequences.