In recent years there has been a rash of school shootings and other violent accidents. Today’s students live in a very different world when they walk onto the school campus than did their parents, and it is important to know what is allowed and what is considered illegal. The one area where this is especially true is that of gun ownership and possession, because there are differing views on how things like the “Stand Your Ground” law is applied. A unique twist to this issue arises when firearms are brought on school grounds. In order to make sure you do not run afoul of the laws that regulate weapons, it is necessary to keep up on the latest information.

Three things to know about guns and school, at least a college campus include the requirement that you first obtain a permit to carry the weapon. This requires the following:

  • That you are at least 21 years old when you apply.
  • That you know how to use a gun, and have proven your competency to do so.
  • You must be a citizen of the United States, or at least have obtained legal residency status.

If you can prove these three things, you may qualify for a license to carry a weapon and do so even on a college campus. Other requirements are also in place, and they are the same requirements that apply for all carry licenses; that you submit to a background check, and do not have a felony record. Carrying a weapon without the proper licensure is against the law, and can get you arrested. Weapons charges are taken seriously, and can result in harsh terms of punishment. Simply stating you were unaware of the requirements is no defense, so it is best to make sure you have fully complied prior to heading out with a weapon on your person. And, if you have been arrested and charged with a gun or weapons related charge, call our office for assistance. We have experience defending people charged with all sorts of crimes, and can offer you competent representation.

If you have questions about how to defend weapons charges, or need to know what you are allowed to do or not do, call our office for help. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.