Arizona has some of the more lenient laws in the nation when it comes to possession of weapons, such as firearms and concealed weapons. However, there are still instances where it is illegal to own or carry a weapon, and the charges for these offenses can be significant. Depending on the circumstances surrounding charges for criminal possession of a weapon, a defendant might face fines, jailtime, or even a prison sentence. Therefore, it is important to know when it is not legal to carry a weapon and know your rights if you are charged with criminal possession or other types of misconduct involving a firearm or other weapon.
Minors cannot legally possess firearms in most circumstances. There are exceptions in Arizona for supervised hunting activities, but in general, a minor cannot carry a firearm on his or her body or in his or her vehicle. Minors charged with possession of a firearm will face a class 6 felony, and those who had the weapon in a vehicle will have a suspended license until the age of 18.
Being charged with a felony will render you ineligible to possess a firearm, including those you may already own. If you have been charged with a felony and you own any weapons, they must be forfeited to law enforcement. Legal weapons are sold to licensed firearms dealers, and illegal weapons like fully-automatic firearms are destroyed instead of sold.
In some cases, it is illegal to carry a weapon on the premises, even if you are legally allowed to carry one otherwise. School campuses and federal buildings are two of the most common areas where you are not allowed to possess weapons, even with a permit. Weapons misconduct can also make it illegal to have a weapon you might legally own. Misconduct might include aggravated assault with a weapon, armed robbery, or discharging a weapon in close proximity to occupied buildings.
In the event that you are charged with weapons-related crimes in Southern Arizona, you can rely on Steven D. West, Attorney at Law to provide an aggressive, thorough defense for your case. To schedule a consultation with Mr. West, call (520) 623-4387.