The debate over the right to bear arms is as old as the amendment that made it legal. The second amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1791, was meant to give citizens the legal right to possess a firearm, but the idea is much more complex than simply buying and owning a gun. A fine line exists between the rights of the American people to keep and bear arms, and the Government’s ability to regulate that right. With attack after attack making headlines, it seems like the fight over whether gun control is needed seems to be never ending. One of the most recent incidents happened across the ocean, in Paris. And it seems that at least one of the weapons used in that attack has ties to Florida.

A news report states one of the guns used in the Paris attacks was once the property of a Delray Beach arms dealer. The dealer in question has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, but there are some things that you need to know if your plan is to exercise your 2d amendment right to bear arms. Three ways owing a gun can get you in trouble, if the law is not followed include:

  • Charges for unlawful possession, which could include possessing a firearm if you have a felony on your record.
  • Unlawful carrying of a handgun, if you lack the permit to do so.
  • Possession of a firearm can be unlawful for those that have a documented history of incidents of domestic violence.

Generally speaking, the laws on possession of firearms in Florida are pretty relaxed. However, this does not mean that you won’t be charged with a weapons related crime. It is important to know what your rights are, and how you can lawfully exercise them without getting in trouble with the boys in blue. If you have questions or concerns, the best practice is to ask a trained professional before making a purchase or stepping out with a weapon on your person. We can help you figure out what you can and cannot do, and can also help if you have been charged with a weapons law violation. Call our office today to learn more about what is allowed in Florida relative to guns and other weapons.

For questions about weapons offenses, call one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys to schedule an appointment. Allow an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.