Gun laws in the state of California can be hard to understand. When facing gun charges in California, the first step is to understand the weapons offense committed and why charges are being pressed.
Several types of weapons violation exist in California. The penalties for violating California gun laws vary. A misdemeanor offense can result in up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, while a felony offense will result in a prison sentence of up to twenty years, depending on the violator’s offense and past criminal history. Some common gun laws that California citizens and visitors to the state should be aware of include the following:
With misdemeanor weapons charges in California can result up to a year in jail. Knowledge is power; understanding your rights and responsibilities as a gun owner can help prevent accidentally violating the law.
California requires a permit in order for you to to be in possession of a gun. A sheriff or judge can issue a permit and a violation of the concealed carry permit requirement is the most common gun law broken in California. It is a misdemeanor offense that can result in serving time behind bars. While these permits can be difficult and time consuming to obtain, they are necessary in order to prevent breaking the state law.
Also, in California, felons are never allowed to be in possession of a gun or any other deadly weapon.
When traveling in a vehicle with a gun, know that improper handling of the gun in the vehicle can result in charges against you. Do not handle or display the gun. Keep it in the trunk in a sealed, locked container as required by law. It should be inaccessible to the driver and all passengers at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
Remember that displaying a gun in any manner whatsoever can be construed as threatening is a crime in California. This is known, under the law, as brandishing a deadly weapon and it carries stiff penalties.
Also, threatening or injuring someone with a gun is considered aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the state of California. This is a felony crime that will result in a permanent record and limit future housing and employment opportunities.
Shooting a gun into an occupied building is illegal in California.
Also, under California law, possessing an assault weapon and selling firearms of any kind are both illegal.
If you are facing any of the above (or other) charges, A&T Legal Group will work hard to help you after a misdemeanor or felony gun charge. Our many years of experience and extensive knowledge of criminal law will help give you the best defense possible. Call us right away!