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There Are a Number of Firearms Regulations that Govern Ownership and Use in Scranton

Peters Law Firm Jan. 8, 2020

Pennsylvania strictly regulates the ownership and use of firearms throughout the state. The goal is to ensure that people can enjoy their Second Amendment rights while practicing firearms safety.

Given their strict regulation, you need to be aware of the myriad of firearms laws so that you do not commit a firearms offense. If you are charged with a firearms violation, you will need immediate and expert representation from a skilled defense attorney.

Understanding Your Firearm Possession Rights

If you have been convicted of a violent felony such as murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, or robbery in Pennsylvania, you are not allowed to possess a firearm. As such, you have 60 days following the conviction of a specified offense to sell or transfer your firearms. Failure to do so is a violation of the law.

Other people also not allowed to possess firearms include

  • People who have been convicted of serious drug crimes

  • Fugitives from justice

  • Illegal aliens

  • Those who have been dishonorably discharged from the US armed forces

  • People who are the subjects of a Protection from Abuse Order

  • Mentally incompetent individuals

If you are charged with a firearms offense, certain defense strategies may be used, but the key is to avoid talking to police or prosecutors until you have an attorney on board.

Are You Being Charged with a Firearms Offense? Contact Peters Law Firm Immediately for a Free Initial Consultation

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