Federal Gun Ownership Prohibitions

The federal government blocks certain groups of individuals from possessing firearms due to their perceived dangerous or irresponsible nature. If a police officer catches a person prohibited from owning a firearm with a gun, the individual may be arrested and charged with illegal gun possession. Convictions from these allegations can come with heavy penalties, including possible jail sentences for repeat offenders or those possessing particularly dangerous weapons.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we believe that Dallas residents deserve a fair opportunity to defend themselves when accused of gun crimes. We understand the importance of a strong criminal defense strategy in a defendant’s time of need, which is why we put our full resources behind each of our clients.

Who Can Face Felony Weapons Charges?

The Second Amendment may protect Americans’ general rights to possess firearms, but it doesn’t necessarily protect gun ownership for groups seen as too dangerous to own guns. The following individuals are banned from owning firearms under federal law:

  • Minors
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Foreigners in the country through non-immigrant visas
  • Convicted felons
  • Convicted individuals sentenced to a year or more of jail time
  • Fugitives
  • Substance addicts
  • In certain cases, mentally ill individuals

Prosecutors in these cases often aggressively fight for a conviction, especially in cases involving defendants with a prior criminal history. Defendants should think carefully about their defense options, and they may want to turn to an experienced criminal defense lawyer for assistance.

Contact a Felony Weapons Charges Attorney in Dallas

If you or someone you love is facing illegal gun possession charges, the consequences could be dire in case of a conviction. It may be crucial to establish a strong defense case early in the process. For more information about how we can help you with your criminal defense case in Dallas, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.


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