Possession of Firearms in Phoenix

If accused of illegally possessing a weapon in Arizona, you could face significant penalties, including months to years in prison and steep fines. Even a misdemeanor conviction will create a permanent criminal record that can affect every aspect of your life. In these situations, you need dedicated legal counsel to help you fight back.

An attorney could work tirelessly to help you avoid the harsh penalties associated with possession of firearms in Phoenix. Whether negotiating with prosecutors, seeking a reduction of the charges against you, or pursuing a case dismissal, Grand Canyon Law Group will do what it takes to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Firearm Possession Laws in Phoenix

There are many circumstances where the possession of firearms is legal in Phoenix. Individuals 18 years or older can buy a firearm through a private party without undergoing a background check, completing a waiting period, or obtaining a permit or license. If the firearm purchase is made through a federally licensed seller, this entity will conduct a background check as per federal law, and the individual buying the gun must be at least 21 years old. However, there is still no permit or license required.

Permitless open carry is allowed for individuals 18 and up. For concealed carry of a legal firearm, the individual must be 21 years old. Neither open carry nor concealed carry permits are required in the state of Arizona. Except for guns explicitly forbidden by state law, such as specific types of assault weapons and sawed-off weapons, Arizona allows its residents to purchase and carry a wide variety of guns, including many types of pistols, handguns, and rifles. Our knowledgeable Phoenix attorneys can further explain the laws regarding firearm possession and carry.

Illegal Firearm Possession and Penalties

Various circumstances can lead to illegal gun possession charges. A person could face charges related to the unlawful possession of a firearm if they are under 18, have previously been convicted of a felony, possess an illegal firearm, or possess a firearm in an area forbidden by state law, such as a school.

Firearm possession within the context of committing a crime can also lead to severe legal penalties. For example, when a felon is found in possession of a firearm, or someone possesses a firearm while allegedly committing a crime, they can be charged with a class 4 felony categorized as a dangerous offense. A class 4 felony classified as a dangerous offense can carry a prison term of four to eight years for the first offense and 8 to 12 years for the second.

Call a Phoenix Firearms Possession Attorney Today

The criminal justice system is known for its complexity. The laws surrounding a gun charge can be confusing, making it essential to secure legal counsel from an experienced attorney. A lawyer understands the laws and their implications and can build an effective defense to protect your way of life.

If you are charged with the illegal possession of firearms in Phoenix, do not wait to speak with an attorney. Grand Canyon Law Group is prepared to guide you through the legal process and will handle your case with the utmost attention, care, and respect. To arrange a consultation, contact our office today.

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