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Found in the possession of a weapon? Here's what you should know

All citizens of the United States have a right to be able to own guns in order to protect themselves and their property. This is supported by the Second Amendment of the U.S. constitution. However, the dangers presented by guns are extreme, and regulations must be in place to control who owns them and where they can be carried. This is done to protect all citizens.

This blog will provide a brief overview into the federal laws that are in place in regard to guns and their possession, and what to do if you have been convicted of illegal gun possession.

Under federal law, many types of guns are highly restricted from use and possession. These are mainly the types of firearms that can cause significant and mass danger, such as machine guns. In order to own one of these guns, a prospective owner must go through many checks and procedures so that he or she can make a successful purchase. However, in some states the purchase of these types of guns is completely prohibited.

There are also regulations that prevent people from owning guns because they present a danger. Therefore, if you have been in jail, have been an addict, suffered from mental health issues that resulted in staying in a mental institution or have been subject to a domestic restraining order, you will not be allowed to possess a gun.

If you have been convicted of violating the federal gun laws, the consequences could be extremely serious. An attorney can help you decide how you wish to proceed against such charges.

Source: Findlaw, "Gun Laws," accessed Sep. 29, 2017

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