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4 times your weapon could cause you trouble with the law

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Weapons

If you are a weapons owner in Virginia, you understand that there are strict regulations and legal requirements surrounding firearm possession and use, which could potentially lead to trouble with the law if not adhered to diligently.

While you might legally own a weapon, it’s also important to understand that the following actions or circumstances could still result in trouble with the law.

Negligent discharge

As a weapon owner, you are held responsible for ensuring the safe handling and storage of your firearm at all times. Negligent discharge, which occurs when a firearm is fired accidentally due to careless handling or disregard for safety protocols, can have severe legal repercussions. Whether the discharge results from mishandling the weapon, failing to properly clear the chamber or disregarding basic firearm safety rules, you could face criminal charges and civil liabilities.

Unauthorized transfers

You are not allowed to transfer ownership or possession of your firearm to individuals who are prohibited by law from possessing firearms. This includes convicted felons, individuals with certain mental health conditions, minors and others as defined by state and federal regulations. Engaging in unauthorized transfers, such as selling or giving your firearm to someone without conducting the necessary background checks or adhering to transfer procedures is illegal and can lead to serious legal consequences.

Carrying in restricted areas

Certain areas are designated as restricted or prohibited for carrying firearms, even for individuals with concealed carry permits. These include schools, government buildings, places of worship during religious services and certain public events or gatherings. Carrying a weapon in these restricted areas can result in criminal charges, regardless of whether the firearm is concealed or openly carried.

Failure to report lost weapon

If you lose your weapon, you should report the loss to relevant authorities within 48 hours, as required by Virginia law. Failing to report a lost firearm promptly can lead to legal consequences as it could potentially contribute to illegal possession or use of the weapon by unauthorized individuals.

If you are already facing gun-related charges, consider seeking legal guidance to help determine the best course of action for your defense and to better ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.


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