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Firearm Offenses Attorney in Greenville, NC

Gun laws have become a common topic of discussion as a result of increased media attention and coverage. Most Americans recognize that the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the “right to bear arms”, but few are familiar with how the Second Amendment has been applied by the courts to protect or restrict gun possession and use. There are also hundreds of federal and North Carolina state laws and regulations that govern the possession and use of guns. While some are simple, many are complex. At Robinson Law Firm in Greenville, NC, we are well versed in all laws concerning firearms and are ready to help you understand your rights as well as your responsibilities and obligations.

Violating gun laws in North Carolina can result in fines, probationary sentences, or even an active prison sentence. Gun charges can be prosecuted in state or federal court, or in both courts. If you find yourself accused of any gun offense you should contact the Robinson Law Firm immediately.

Common firearm specific offenses include:

Possession of a concealed weapon – Individuals in North Carolina may be allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they possess the required permit. However, if an individual does not have a valid concealed carry permit or is not carrying the weapon in accordance with the permit, they can be arrested and charged with the crime of possession of a concealed weapon – a serious offense.

Weapons on campus or educational property – A person is guilty if they knowingly possess or carry, open or concealed, any weapon onto educational property or to a school-sponsored activity. Even if the firearm is not loaded and is in a locked container/rack in a vehicle, it can still be considered a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Carrying a gun into an establishment where alcohol is sold/consumed – It is illegal to carry a weapon into any assembly where an admission fee has been charged or any establishment in which alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed.

Possession of firearm by a felon – In North Carolina it is illegal for any person who has ever been convicted of a felony to possess a “firearm or weapon of mass destruction.” However, The Felony Firearm Act does have a Restoration of Firearm Rights provision that allows you the opportunity to restore your right to possess a firearm.

Other firearm offenses include, but are not limited to the following:

Assault by pointing a gun
Discharging a barreled weapon or firearm into occupied property
Assault with a firearm on a government officer
Altering firearm serial numbers
Buying/possessing/selling firearms with altered serial numbers
Weapons on state property and in courthouses
Possession of a handgun by a minor
Purchase/possession of firearms by a person subject to DVPO (Domestic Violence Protective Orders)
Selling or giving weapons to minors
Permitting young children to use dangerous firearms
Soliciting unlawful purchase of firearm/provide materially false information

If you are facing any firearm offense or have questions about firearm laws, policies or restrictions, contact the Robinson Law Firm today!