Many Americans consider their gun rights to be important. However, there are limits on how people may exercise their rights to possess a firearm. For example, if a Court of law convicts you of a Felony, you may not be able to possess a gun unless the Government agrees to later expunge your record.
There are many restrictions around owning and carrying a weapon. If you were accused of violating a law related to a firearm, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a Leifert & Leifert Greenacres Gun Lawyer. Your rights and freedom may be at risk, and speaking with a dedicated Defense Lawyer could get you the best possible outcome.
Permission to Carry in Greenacres
There are numerous laws in Greenacres regarding guns. As such, there are many issues you could find yourself facing when owning or handling handguns, rifles, and other firearms. Florida Statute § 790 addresses these firearm laws, including:
- Unlicensed carrying of concealed firearms
- “Open carry” of guns
- Prohibition of self-defense against Police Officers
- Criminal offenses where a firearm is present
- Discharge of a gun in a public place
- Self-defense issues
- Barring from the purchasing firearms
Of all these laws regarding firearms, issues around carrying a gun in public are some of the most popular and contested. The law in Florida is clear: if you do not have a license, you may not carry a concealed weapon. Doing so anyway is a third-degree Felony, according to FLA. STAT. § 790.01.
You also may not openly carry a firearm in public places, as no such permit exists for civilians. If you have a concealed weapon license, you must carry the weapon properly concealed. You may only briefly show your firearm to others, so long as the display is done in a non-threatening manner, as stated in FLA. STAT. § 790.053. A violation of this display law is a second-degree Misdemeanor. To determine the severity any potential charges, a Greenacres gun lawyer could help to study your case and explain your legal standing.
Crimes and Criminal Charges with Firearms
Unlike the above Misdemeanor regarding an improper display of a firearm, it is an entirely separate offense to display, threaten with, use, or attempt to use a gun while committing or attempting to commit a Felony. The punishment for this, detailed in FLA. STAT. § 790.07, is a second-degree Felony.
A second-degree Felony can also be charged if you fire a gun from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of a person, pursuant to FLA. STAT. § 790.15. A lesser but still serious offense would be discharging a firearm in a public place or near a known dwelling. This could result in a first-degree Misdemeanor.
Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and possessing a loaded gun is a specific offense. For this, the Court could find someone guilty of a second-degree Misdemeanor, as found in FLA. STAT. § 790.151.
You could also be charged with a second-degree Felony if you have been found guilty of a prior Felony in Florida, and were subsequently found with a firearm. This law regarding prior-Felony gun ownership is noted in FLA. STAT. § 790.23.
Talk to a Greenacres Firearm Defense Attorney Today
If you were charged with a firearm violation, you could benefit from the help of an experienced Greenacres gun lawyer. Gun-related issues can result in serious fines and Felony charges, and it is important you know your rights.
If you have other questions related to gun possession, reach out to our team of dedicated Attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert for your free consultation. We work tirelessly to consider evidence, explain your rights, and get the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Call us today to get started on protecting your rights.