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Federal Firearm Laws You Might Not Know About

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Two primary laws that govern federal gun crimes:

Federal firearm laws are complex and often come with extreme penalties. Not only are these laws complex, but they also supply federal prosecutors with an intimidating number of options when it comes to prosecuting the accused.

Additionally, the nation has been recently experiencing a massive influx in prosecutions under federal firearms laws. It’s more important now than ever for individuals to understand how to protect their rights when facing a federal firearm case.

Selling Weapons With or Without a License

There are numerous federal firearm laws relating to the sales of guns, which include specific licensing requirements along with limits on transporting weapons. Under federal law, it is illegal to sell weapons across state lines without a valid license. Doing so can result in a five-year sentence.

Even licensed dealers are not safe from selling to whoever they please, however. Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(b) any licensed firearms dealer is prohibited from selling:

  • Rifles or shotguns to anyone under the age of 18
  • Any other firearms to anyone under the age of 21
  • Any firearms to anyone who cannot legally possess a firearm under federal or state law (including convicted felons and undocumented immigrants)

In addition, all licensed dealers are barred from selling specific “destructive devices,” which can be defined as grenades, rockets, mines, or bombs, under 18 U.S.C. § 922 (b)(4). Doing so can result in a prison sentence ranging from five to ten years.

Removed or Tampered Serial Numbers

As many gun owners likely already know, it is crucial to keep the serial numbers on firearms untouched. Under federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(k), any individual who knowingly possesses, transports, or delivers a weapon with an altered or removed serial number can face up to a five-year sentence.

Firearm Possession in a School Zone

Many of us are aware or should be aware that schools themselves are gun-free zones. However, what many people don’t know is that under federal law, 18 18 U.S.C. § 922(q), it is illegal for an individual to possess a firearm in a school zone knowingly. Violating this law can result in a hefty fine and up to five years in prison.

The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain Has a Defense for Your Federal Firearm Charges

We understand that facing federal firearm charges can turn your life upside down. All too often, we see individuals charged with firearm crimes that they didn’t even know they were committing. We also understand that you likely have questions that need answering. Our team can help ease your worries and get you started on putting your past behind you.

With over three decades of legal experience, and more than 20 years serving in the Marine Corps, Attorney Patrick J. McLain knows precisely what’s at stake and what it takes to win your federal firearm case.

Call us today (214) 238-9392 to learn more about how our Dallas federal defense attorneys can help over a confidential consultation.

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