In a trend that can be followed across the country, many people are carrying guns. This article from News 4 in Jacksonville discusses the rising number of Floridians applying for concealed weapons permits.
Some are rushing out in a questionable fear that the Obama administration will be reining in gun rights while others simply want to protect themselves from the rise in crime they believe is happening. Whatever the case, more and more citizens are legally owning weapons.
The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects our right to bear arms. However, just because we are granted that right doesn’t mean there aren’t restrictions on it. There are many laws and ordinances created to ensure maximum safety for the community.
Despite this, we often hear about gun violence on the news, one of the things possibly leading to this influx of weapons permits.
As this article from News 4 relays, the majority of gun crimes are committed by people with illegal firearms, not the average Joe who buys a weapon to lawfully protect his home. However, even the average Joe may be called on to use that gun in order to protect himself or his family.
A concealed weapons permit is not difficult to obtain and the consequences of being caught with a concealed weapon without the permit are plenty.
The criminal charge of carrying a concealed weapon is a misdemeanor when the weapon is registered but a 3rd degree felony when it is an unregistered firearm. A third degree felony carries a potential sentence of 5 years in prison and fines reaching $5,000.
Perhaps your license had lapsed or you believe the charges are just a misunderstanding. Defending a weapons case can be tricky, but I can help.
If you are being charged with a weapons offense in Florida you need the assistance of an aggressive defense attorney. I am ready to hear about the specifics of your case and ready to get to work. Call me today for some free legal advice and to discuss the particulars of your charge.