California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. These laws make it challenging to own a gun and set restrictions on those who legally own guns. Also, state law provides severe penalties for the illegal use of firearms. Due to the number of rules that apply to gun owners, you should consult with our expert team of lawyers if you have been charged with a gun crime.
Owning a Firearm Laws In California
Adults may generally buy a gun without a license. In these cases, you can keep the gun at home, place of business, or carry it around in a locked case. However, specific categories of people are prohibited from owning a firearm ultimately.
- Convicted felons
- Drug addicts
- Individuals suffering from a mental illness
Types of Gun Crimes
Some common gun crimes are:
- Possession: If you fall within a category of persons prohibited from carrying a firearm, you will need a San Diego criminal lawyer to defend against the charge of possessing a gun.
- Carrying a Firearm in Public: Even if you legally possess the weapon, you may be prohibited from taking the gun in public or carrying a concealed weapon.
- Specific Places: California laws generally make it illegal to carry a firearm in certain places such as schools, government buildings, airports, and places of public transportation.
In addition to these criminal charges relating to possessing a firearm, there are criminal charges relating to the use of a gun, including:
- Brandishing the weapon in a threatening way
- Inflicting harm with the firearm
- Using an automatic weapon
- Assaulting someone with the firearm
Contact California Law Centers
Gun crimes are very fact-specific, and you will want to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case with our experienced attorneys in California Law Centers. Please call us at 888-368-2384.