Many people purchase and maintain weapons in order to feel safe. However, a person’s own safety can put others at risk of injury. If you are charged with a weapons crime, you should contact criminal lawyers who can offer experienced representation.
Weapons Charge & Possession Defense
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution affords every citizen with the right to bear arms. This means that citizens across the United States are allowed to purchase and maintain weapons in their homes or place of business, in so long as such arms are registered with their respective state and if those citizens do not have any prior sanctions or record of criminal activity.
Unfortunately, the “right to bear arms” is often used as a segway into crimes involving weapons. Weapons crimes and charges related to the possession of a weapon can result in serious injury (even death) to victims, and many years of jail time and expensive fines for those in possession of arms.
Common Weapons Charges
There are many different types of weapons crimes in the state of Florida. The most common types of weapons charges stem from the following.
Minors in Possession of Firearms
In the state of Florida, you must be at least 18 years old to possess a firearm, and you must be 21 years old to apply for a concealed carry permit. Unless a minor is being supervised by a parental guardian or director (i.e. such as a junior military program), underage minors should not be in possession of firearms. This is to protect the safety and wellbeing of both minors and people in the community.
Improper Display of Firearms
As long as you have a license, you are able to purchase and possess a firearm. However, necessary measures should be taken to ensure that others feel safe and secure. This means that firearms should not be publicly displayed in a way that is threatening to incoming guests and/or neighbors. Firearms should be properly locked away to keep both adults and children safe. A guest may feel that his/her safety is at risk if a firearm is undeniably present.
Every firearm has a specific mark on it. This particular tab is not allowed to be removed. Removal of this can result in a felony.
Discharging Firearms in Public Places
The mere presence of firearms can cause fear and uneasiness in innocent bystanders. To prevent disruption of the public, it is imperative that firearms are not discharged or fired in public, which can result in widespread chaos and panic, making large crowds of people run in terror (even stampeding and injuring others).
Failure to Provide Medical Reports
Medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, are obliged to report any and all gun wounds that they treat to the police. Upon notification, the police and/or local sheriff will be able to search for any nearby criminals and place them in necessary custody. The goal of this is to prevent unnecessary catastrophes.
Firearm Possession Defense Attorneys
Weapons charges can be very severe and are taken extremely seriously in a court of law. At the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates, our criminal law defense attorneys are well-versed in Florida gun possession laws and weapons charges. No matter what you may be charged with, our criminal defense attorneys will do everything within the domains of our power to restore your life.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation.