Federal gun laws and the consequences of violating them

American laws allow most adults to possess a firearm under certain circumstances. While many people have the right and ability to carry a weapon, there are strict state and federal laws that dictate how and when this is allowable. Federal laws about gun possession are strict, and violating any of these laws can result in extensive consequences.

If you want to carry a firearm, it is in your interests to know in detail the laws that pertain to your individual situation. Even an inadvertent violation of state or federal weapons laws can lead to legal complications, fines and even the potential for time behind bars. Owning and carrying a weapon is a responsibility you would be wise to take seriously.

What do federal laws say?

Federal laws restrict gun ownership to a certain extent. One way they do this is by limiting access and ownership of certain types of weapons. A federal act, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act states that the following individuals are not able to possess a firearm for either business or personal reasons:

  • Those convicted of an offense that resulted in at least one year in prison
  • Those who are mentally deficient or in a mental institution
  • Those who are fugitives from justice
  • Those who are subject to a restraining order involving their partner or child
  • Those dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
  • Those living in the United States illegally
  • Those addicted to or using illegal substances
  • Those convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense

In addition to this federal act and other laws, you also will find it beneficial to know what Texas laws also say about gun ownership and how they apply to you. Illegal gun possession can lead to serious criminal charges and the potential for a permanent mark on your record.

Defending against weapons offenses

If you face charges for violating a federal or state gun law, the time to develop a strong defense strategy is now. You have the right to defend yourself against these allegations, but you would be wise to act quickly and decisively. Your future interests are at stake, as well as your personal freedom, opportunities and reputation. You have constitutional rights no matter the charges you are facing, including the right to a presumption of innocence.