Gun laws provide restrictions on a person’s rights to carry a firearm. For example, they limit where a person can possess a weapon as well as who can possess a weapon. An attorney can further explain the Omaha gun possession restrictions. If you have questions about the laws and how they apply to you, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable gun lawyer.
Illegally Possessing a Firearm
While people often have a desire to protect themselves and others, not everyone may feel safe or comfortable around people with firearms. An individual might be found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm if they were convicted of a crime and they are found to be in possession of a firearm during the act, if they are unlawfully concealed carrying a firearm, or if they are carrying a firearm that has been defaced, which means the serial number has become illegible. An attorney can further explain when these charges may apply.
Charges for the unlawful possession of a firearm are often misdemeanors. The penalties for a Class 3 misdemeanor is three months in jail and up to a $500 fine. While a Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
These offenses can also become felonies, which will have various penalties including jail time over one year. Under federal law, if the individual is a prohibited person and is caught and charged under federal law with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. This can result in up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Gun-Free Zones in Omaha
In Nebraska, gun-free zones include schools, churches, and any private business that places a notice that firearms are not permitted on the premises. A gun-free zone would also include any place where federal law prohibits guns, such as federal courthouses, post offices, and other federal government buildings.
If a person is found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm in a gun-free zone, the penalties will depend on whether it is their first conviction and whether they violated federal law. For example, someone can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if they violate federal law and are caught in an airport or post office.
Schools have the most complex laws because there is one statute that makes violation of carrying a firearm on school grounds if they are concealed carry holder a Class 3 misdemeanor, but there is another law that makes it a felony. When people are charged with felonies, a lawyer may be able to get it down to a misdemeanor violation.
An Attorney Can Outline the Restrictions on Gun Possession in Omaha
Although most people in Omaha have the right to carry a firearm, there are certain restrictions on those rights. Further, violating these laws is considered a crime and can result in heavy fines and jail time. Therefore, it is important to fully understand the restrictions on gun possession in Omaha. To learn more, call Berry Law today.