Today, some of the most harshly punished crimes involve guns. Due to the aggressive prosecution of felony gun charges, you may face mandatory sentences and deadly weapon sentencing enhancements when you are charged with a firearms offense. With the increased penalties, you may spend years in jail if you are convicted of a crime involving the use or possession of a gun. Pennsylvania also has laws that make possessing certain weapons illegal. These weapons include switchblades and brass-knuckles and it is possible to be convicted of a crime just for having an offensive weapon. If you have been charged with a firearms or weapons offense, contact the Criminal Defense Attorney William R. Bickerton for a consultation.
Gun Offenses in Pennsylvania
• Crimes Committed with a Firearm
• Persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms
• Firearms not to be carried without a license
• Carrying loaded weapons other than firearms
• Possession of firearm by minor
• Possession of firearm with altered manufacturer’s number
• Sale or transfer of firearms
• Retail dealer required to be licensed
• False evidence of identity
• Altering or obliterating marks of identification
• Certain bullets prohibited
Other Weapon Offenses
• Possession of a Prohibited Offensive Weapon
Prohibited Offensive Weapons in Pennsylvania include: any bomb, grenade, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18 inches, firearm specifically made or modified for silent operation [using a silencer], blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles, dagger, knife, switchblade, stun gun, stun baton, Taser, or any electronic weapon or implement that inflicts serious bodily injury and serves no common lawful purpose.