Hiring A Federal Gun Crimes Lawyer In St. Louis.
If you are a gun owner you probably know that Missouri has some of the nation’s most relaxed gun laws. Our state legislators have made it clear that they value the right to bear arms granted in the United States constitution. However, when it comes to gun-related charges or crimes, you also have to be aware of the federal laws that govern gun possession and ownership. If you’re facing federal gun charges you’ve come to the right place. Combs Law Group is well versed in federal gun laws and can help you fight the federal government in your federal gun crimes case. We are the premier federal gun crimes lawyer in St. Louis.
Federal Gun Statutes
Over the past 50 years, there have been 5 major federal laws passed that deal with gun possession and ownership. All of these laws have been aimed at restricting the types of guns you can own, where you can possess guns, and who can possess guns. These are the laws that you have to be aware of if you are a gun owner:
- The Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act of 1993
- The National Firearms Act of 1934
- The Gun Control Act of 1968
- The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986
- The NICS Improvement Act of 2008
When you look closely at these laws they all have components that look to regulate the sale of guns and gun ownership and possession. If you have been charged with a federal gun crime it’s because of a statute in one of these federal acts.
Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws
The primary agency that enforces federal gun laws is the ATF, or the “Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms” agency. Their stated mission as it relates to firearms states the following:
“ATF recognizes the role that firearms play in violent crimes and pursues an integrated regulatory and enforcement strategy. Investigative priorities focus on armed violent offenders and career criminals, narcotics traffickers, narco-terrorists, violent gangs, and domestic and international arms traffickers. Sections 924(c) and (e) of Title 18 of the United States Code provide mandatory and enhanced sentencing guidelines for armed career criminals and narcotics traffickers as well as other dangerous armed criminals.
ATF uses these statutes to target, investigate and recommend prosecution of these offenders to reduce the level of violent crime and to enhance public safety. ATF also strives to increase State and local awareness of available Federal prosecution under these statutes. To curb the illegal use of firearms and enforce the Federal firearms laws, ATF issues firearms licenses and conducts firearms licensee qualification and compliance inspections. In addition to aiding the enforcement of Federal requirements for gun purchases, compliance inspections of existing licensees focus on assisting law enforcement to identify and apprehend criminals who illegally purchase firearms.” – https://www.atf.gov/firearms
So like other federal crimes, if you are facing federal gun charges, you need to be concerned because you are going up against a very powerful enforcement agency in the ATF. They have the unlimited resources of the federal government behind them and they can make things very difficult for you.
Types of Federal Gun Charges:
Unlawful Possession Firearm– You can be charged with unlawful possession for a multitude of reasons that relate to your status. If you’re a felon, you are not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. If you’re an illegal alien and get caught with a gun, you could also face unlawful possession of a firearm charge. Here are some of the other status crimes you have to be aware of:
- Your mentally incapacitated
- You are abiding by a restraining order
- You have been convicted of domestic violence
- You were dishonorably discharged from the military
- You are an illegal drug user
- You have warrants out for your arrest
Using A Firearm In A Crime – Using a firearm while committing another crime can result in additional federal gun charges and also trigger mandatory minimums with the sentencing. If you decide to rob a bank and show a firearm during the crime you can then be facing seven years in federal prison.
Transportation of Firearms Across State Lines – Federal laws restrict shipping firearms across state lines without a permit. If you are caught sending a firearm without a license you can be facing some serious penalties under federal laws.
These are just some of the federal gun crimes we can help you with at Combs Law Group. Here’s a reference guide of all the federal gun laws and crimes that we can help you with. We have the knowledge and expertise specifically with Federal gun laws and that’s what is required if you are going to take on the federal government. Don’t make the mistake of just hiring any St. Louis criminal defense attorney, go with one that can get you out of the crosshairs of the federal government.
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