Gun & Weapon Crimes in San Diego
Unlawful Sale & Distribution of Guns
California is one of the most severe states when it comes to firearms charges.
Charges covered under gun crimes include:
Often an unwitting and innocent person will be charged with a gun crime simply because he or she did not know the laws concerning ownership, registration, and purchase of a firearm.
If you have been accused of the unlawful sale and distribution of a gun or firearm, it is important that you consult an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You will need the help of an attorney who can actively assert and protect your rights so they are not violated in any way during the criminal process. San Diego Defense Attorney James N. Dicks is familiar with California’s gun laws and how they affect people who sell, own or buy firearms.
Firearm Regulations in California
In California, in order to legally purchase a gun, you must:
- Obtain it from a licensed dealer
- Submit to a background check
- Wait 10 days until you can get the gun
You cannot possess a gun if you have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanor offenses. It is illegal to sell firearms without a proper permit, and it is illegal to sell or possess certain types of firearms which have military features (such as a machine gun or automatic rifle). Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are on the lookout for gun violations and the illegal sale or distribution of firearms. Prosecution will not be lenient if you are found in violation of any laws or regulations.
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
Possession of an illegal weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon are crimes that may qualify as felony or serious misdemeanor offenses, with a state prison or county jail sentence involved. Unfortunately, the people accused of these crimes are often unknowingly in possession of an illegal weapon or legally purchased a weapon in another state or country that they did not register in CA.
Under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, American citizens' right to bear arms is laid out in clear view, to be protected. However, the rise in gun crimes has led specific state and federal legislature to be created that governs what types of weapons are permitted.
In California, it is illegal to possess:
- Machine gun
- Nunchaku (nunchucks)
- Armor-piercing bullets
- Sawed-off shotgun
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If you have been charged with violated one of California's weapons laws, you are urged to contact a San Diego criminal defense attorney from JD Law for aggressive defense.