New York State takes gun crimes very seriously. The NY SAFE Act has escalated many of the consequences you may face if convicted of a gun charge. Under the law, you are required to have a permit to own or possess a handgun, you are not allowed to own an assault rifle (unless explicitly bought and registered before the NY SAFE Act), are limited to a magazine size of 10 rounds, and are prohibited from openly carrying a handgun. If you have been charged with a gun crime in New York, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the different categories of gun crimes in New York?
There are several different categories of gun crimes in New York, all ranging in their severity of consequences. Therefore, if you are charged with a gun crime, you must seriously consider hiring an experienced attorney who will aggressively fight in your corner. Gun crimes in New York are categorized as follows:
Class B Misdemeanor
- Unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices
Class A Misdemeanor
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
- Criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon
- Certain wounds to be reported
- Burn injury and wounds to be reported
- Unsafe storage of rifles, shotguns, and firearms
- Unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device
Class E Felony
- Criminal possession of a firearm
- Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds
Class D Felony
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree
Class C Felony
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm in the second degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a minor
- Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
- Criminal use of a firearm in the second degree
- Aggravated criminal possession of a weapon
Class B Felony
- Criminal possession of a dangerous weapon in the first degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree
- Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree
What happens if I am found with an illegal weapon in connection with another crime?
If you are found with an illegal weapon while you were caught committing another crime, such as a robbery, you will most likely face escalated charges, which can impact you for the rest of your life. A felony charge on your record may prevent you from getting the job you want, buying the home you want, and more. Do not let this happen without a fight. Get in touch with a knowledgeable attorney today.
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Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.