Federal Guns & Firearms
The intended purpose of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment is interpreted and generally accepted as being a guarantee for individuals to possess and bear firearms and guns. However, the vagueness of the language has raised many questions and resulted in countless debates over the years. Several laws, regulations, and definitions have been created with the intent to clarify and establish the extent of the Second Amendment, as well as to reduce the number of violent crimes and hopefully enhance public safety. As a result, if an individual is found guilty of having violated a federal gun and firearm law, his/her right to bear arms may be restricted or revoked and may potentially face the risk of severe punishment.
The term “firearm” is defined at 18 USC § 921(c), and the term includes any weapon which “will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.”
At the Federal level, firearm laws cover a wide variety of situations and can include severe penalties, which may be impacted by the nature of the crime and by the defendant’s criminal history. A few of the more common federal gun laws are listed below:
* Prohibited individuals include the following:
If you have been charged with a federal gun and firearm charge, it is important to contact a reputable, experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. There are numerous, arduous obstacles to overcome, such as accurately assessing the severity of the alleged crime, fully understanding the charges and possible consequences, and verifying that your rights were not violated. Additionally, both federal and state gun and firearm charges may overlap, resulting in compounded difficulties and prosecution. Keep in mind that ignorance of the law is not considered a valid excuse and will not absolve you of the federal charges you may be facing.
Having successfully defended clients in federal and state courts, Mr. McKellar will fully evaluate the prosecution’s case to provide you with a strong defense. He will apply his knowledge, experience, and care to protect your rights, strive to obtain the best possible outcome, and will always act in your best interest. For a free consultation, please call today at 865-566-0125.