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Pennsylvania statutes impose restrictions on the ownership and use of firearms. These laws criminalize certain conduct relating to firearms, and convictions of these offenses may result in serious time in jail as well as fines. Generally, these crimes fall into categories related to possession by persons with prior criminal records that forbids them from having a firearm, possession of a firearm without a proper licenseand prohibited conduct as it relates to possession of a firearmin under certain circumstances.
Under the possession category, individuals convicted of felonies in Pennsylvania or another state are prohibited from possessing firearms. Pennsylvania statutes also criminalize possession of a firearm with an altered or removed serial number. These provisions are second-degree felonies punishable by up to ten years of incarceration. Additionally, individuals that are covered by an active domestic relations protection from abuse order are also prohibited from possessing firearms, and violating this provision is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years of incarceration.
Pennsylvania law also prohibits possession of a concealed firearm without a concealed carry license. If someone charged with this offense is also the registered owner of the firearm, then it is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years of incarceration. However, if the gun is registered to someone else, this offense is a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years of imprisonment.
Firearms charges are serious matters in Pennsylvania. The Peters Law Firm provides stellar criminal defense against firearms charges in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. In the Scranton area, contact us at (570) 963-1610, Tunkhannock and Wyoming County at (570) 836-0700 or throughout Northeast Pennsylvania at our main office in Clarks Summit by calling (570) 585-0707 or by visiting us. We can provide you with an initial consultation where we will take the time to listen to the facts and help you figure out the best defense strategy.