While your right to bear arms is protected under the Constitution, the state of Massachusetts regulates the ownership and use of guns. Our state has some of the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation, and they are strictly enforced by police officers and the courts. In light of the increase in gun violence throughout the U.S., the courts are much more aggressive in punishing those who violate gun laws more than ever before.
At Harrison Barrow, Attorney at Law, P.C., we practice nothing but criminal defense, and our attorney is well-known and respected for his successful trial advocacy. If you have been charged with a gun law violation, we will conduct a thorough review of your arrest and the circumstances surrounding your charge, and carefully devise a defense strategy aimed at avoiding or minimizing the consequences. A gun crime conviction could put you at risk for jail time, fines, and probation, along with a permanent criminal record.
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Common gun crimes in Massachusetts include the following:
- Unlicensed possession of a firearm. You can be charged when in possession of a loaded or unloaded gun outside of your home or business. This also applies to machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.
- Carrying a gun in a place prohibited by law, such as schools, colleges, and universities.
- Possession of a gun while committing a felony. This can result in a separate charge, along with the underlying felony charge.
- Carrying a loaded gun while under the influence of alcohol.
- Unlawful discharge of a gun within 500 feet of a residence or other dwelling.
These are but a few of the gun laws in Massachusetts. These laws include regulations about who can have guns, licensing and registration, background checks, gun sales, concealed carry, open carry, trafficking, “straw” purchasing (buying a gun for someone else), assault weapons, and more.
One of the most critical aspects of gun possession charges lies in how law enforcement found you to be in possession. Illegal search and seizure by police officers can nullify these charges. It is important never to agree to any search and seizure unless you are shown that a warrant has been issued.
Gun Crime Penalties
Penalties for gun crimes will vary based on the nature of the offense and prior convictions. For example, you must have a valid license to own or possess a gun in Massachusetts. If you are found carrying a gun without this license outside of your home or business, you could be facing 18 months in jail or up to five years in prison. Subsequent convictions of this offense will result in increased penalties.
Gun crime convictions can result in jail or prison time and other criminal penalties, along with a permanent criminal record that can prevent you from ever owning a gun again as well as endanger future job or career prospects and other opportunities. You need the legal protection of our proven attorney who will uphold your legal rights while working vigorously to help you achieve an optimum outcome.