Illegally possessing a gun in Pennsylvania is a serious crime. If convicted, you could face a significant jail sentence. The most common firearms violation is someone to be in possession of a gun that is considered to be a prohibited person. A prohibited person is someone who has a prior criminal record, usually for a violent felony for some type of drug offense or someone who has even been convicted of three DUI offenses within a five-year period of time.
Also, a prohibited person would be someone that has been adjudicated by the court as having mental problems or someone who has been in a mental institution. In addition to being a prohibited person, it is also a serious violation of the law to carry a firearm in public if you don’t have a license to carry. Additionally, a person who commits a very serious crime or a violent crime in possession of a gun would face very serious criminal charges.
The Uniform Firearms Act outlines the laws that Pennsylvania gun owners must abide by. The code states that if you are considered a prohibited person but carry a firearm outside of your home or fixed business, you may be charged with a third-degree felony. However, if you are permitted to obtain a license but haven’t done so, and you carry a firearm outside of your home or fixed business, you will only be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.
If you have been charged with illegally possessing a firearm in the state of Pennsylvania, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible who can provide you with assistance and work to protect your future.
If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania and require strong legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact The Conner Law Group to schedule a consultation today.