In an attempt to curb gun violence, the federal government has enacted many laws over the years. One pivotal piece of legislation is known as the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act. This law has many components to it, but perhaps most important amongst them are the limitations on who is disallowed from owning or possessing a firearm. For example, Californians who were convicted of a crime and were subsequently sentenced to a year or more in prison cannot own a gun. Doing so would be a federal crime.
With recent current events taking hold of the nation, our country has turned up the heat on those who illegally manufacture, distribute and purchase weapons. This could also be a response to the increase in firearms availability on the black market, as was discussed last week on the blog. Regardless, those who are accused of a federal gun crime or another federal weapons offense are up against a difficult challenge; one that, if lost, could result in serious long-term consequences.
Although our Constitution gives us the right to own firearms, the U.S. government has placed several restrictions on gun transactions and ownership. Guns must typically be bought and sold by licensed dealers, and those seeking to purchase a firearm usually must be subjected to a background check. However, some areas of federal gun laws are relaxed, which could lead to an individual being charged with a federal gun crime.
When discussing federal weapons crimes, many people may think of assault rifles and explosives ownership. Yet, the law is even more wide-reaching than that. Federal law places limitations on weapon transport, the possession of certain ammunition and even the manufacture, distribution and possession of certain knives. Being convicted of a federal crime is no laughing matter. It could result in several years in prison, excessive fines and irreparable damage to an individual's reputation. For this reason, those who face allegations of criminal wrongdoing should try to fully inform themselves of the law.
The federal government has placed strict constraints on weapons, including explosive. Those who run afoul of the law as it relates to these matters can wind up facing serious penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, fines and a federal criminal record that may haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is why, when accused of a federal crime, an individual should do everything in their power to fight for their legal rights. One of the first ways to do that is to become familiar with the law they are accused of violating.
Gun ownership is a part of American life. However, with recent crackdowns on weapons crimes, many Californians may find themselves suddenly facing federal gun charges and the potential for serious, long-lasting penalties. Therefore, it is important for you to keep abreast of the law, and when you need legal help, ask for it.
Federal laws are oftentimes excessively complicated. This means that Californians could be committing a crime without even knowing it. Yet, ignorance is no defense. It is critical that you understand the laws as best as you can and seek help when needed. This might be especially true if you suddenly find yourself facing a weapons offense allegation.
In today's cultural climate law enforcement agents throughout the United States take weapons charges very seriously. With so many school shootings and workplace shootings, the recent assault in Aurora, Colorado and the fear of terrorism, it is all too easy to get caught up in the web of fear that permeates the country. That is why it is so important for those facing charges for state or federal firearms offenses to contact a defense attorney immediately.