Are you facing federal weapons charges? Navigating the laws regarding weapons, firearms, and guns can be challenging. It is important to know your rights when you are charged with any crime, especially one at the federal level that involves firearms.
What are federal gun laws?
Federal laws govern the possession, use, sale, and distribution of firearms. Transferring or selling firearms across state lines or to an out-of-state buyer is illegal without a license. A few exceptions to that law exist including delivering a firearm to fulfill the terms of a will or loaning a firearm for lawful sporting purposes.
Some people are prohibited from carrying a firearm altogether, including:
- Convicted felons
- People with specific mental impairments
- People addicted to illegal drugs
- People dishonorably discharged from military service
- Foreign nationals
- Illegal aliens
- Anyone with a restraining order
You may even break the law:
- By helping a convicted felon obtain a weapon
- If a weapon is present when other crimes have been committed
What are the gun laws in Georgia?
States regulate gun use as well. In Georgia, permits are not required for adults over the age of 21 to purchase shotguns, rifles, or handguns. However, permits are required to carry an open or concealed handgun. There are places where guns can’t be carried at any time, with or without a permit. These include:
- Government buildings
- Places of worship
- Mental health facilities
These offenses come with significant fines and prison sentences up to five years.
The team at Wadkins & Wallace can help you make sense of the charges filed against you. We will learn the specifics of your case to build the most effecive defense possible. Schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with our team today.