Specific laws govern the possession and transportation of firearms in Arizona. The state is fairly permissive when it comes to who may own and carry a gun. However, if someone is found transporting a gun in banned locations or carrying an illegal type of weapon, the legal penalties could be severe.
If you have been charged with illegally transporting firearms in Phoenix, your top priority should be to contact an attorney. A seasoned lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can help you avoid costly mistakes that could impact the outcome of your case. Our legal advocates will fight for your rights every step of the way.
Arizona allows meaningful latitude regarding who may possess and carry a firearm. Individuals as young as 18 can purchase a legal firearm from a private dealer and openly carry it. Those 21 years and older are allowed concealed carry and may purchase a firearm from a federally licensed entity.
Permits are not required to purchase a legal firearm, and no license requirement is attached to either open or concealed carry of a firearm. If an individual is at least 21 years old, they can transport a loaded firearm in their motor vehicle, either open or concealed. If an individual is at least 18 but younger than 21, that firearm can still be loaded and transported in their vehicle, but it must be clearly visible.
Someone may run into legal trouble with transporting a firearm if they do so in a prohibited area, such as school property, polling locations, or federal property. If someone is on private property and the owner of that property has barred the presence of a firearm, a person who willfully transports a firearm onto the promises could face legal consequences.
Gun trafficking is another example of illegal firearm transportation. Instances of gun trafficking can include:
As our Phoenix lawyers can explain, any of these gun transportation crimes could lead to years in prison, a permanent criminal record, fines, probation, and more.
Our local attorneys can identify the most effective defenses to charges of illegal firearm transportation. For example, if someone is an authorized weapon dealer, this could be used as a defense against a gun charge of unlawful firearm transportation.
Sometimes, the best defense may pertain to the way in which evidence to support the charge was obtained, such as illegal search and seizure. If the weapons in question do not belong to the accused, a lawyer could incorporate this into a strong defense strategy.
Every criminal charge comes with specific elements the prosecution must prove to achieve a conviction. If you face charges related to transporting firearms in Phoenix, a skilled defense attorney could identify any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, the evidence, or other elements that could prove valuable in defending these allegations.
Grand Canyon Law Group is here to stand up for your rights and protect your way of life. Call our office today to speak with an attorney about the next steps for fighting your gun charge.