Trafficking Guns and Weapons
Trafficking guns and weapons is a major crime in Utah that is also a federal offense. Even though state firearms laws are some of the least restrictive in the country, federal firearms laws can still be incredibly harsh. You can still face federal charges even if you are a Utah resident and the transaction takes place entirely in the state.
For example, transactions involving convicted felons are prohibited. You will likely be charged in federal court, and a conviction can result in up to 10 years in federal prison. Even for many legal transactions, you are required to have a federal firearms license.
Salt Lake City Weapons Trafficking Lawyer
Levitt Legal, PLLC can help you avoid severe penalties for a trafficking guns or weapons charge in Salt Lake County. Darren Levitt is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of federal criminal defense, including charges related to trafficking guns or weapons.
Contact Levitt Legal, PLLC right now at (801) 455-1743 for a free consultation about your trafficking guns or weapons charge today. Our trafficking guns and weapons attorney will work tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome to your case.
Utah Trafficking Guns and Weapons Overview
- What kinds of actions can result in these types of charges?
- How does the involvement of a minor in one of these cases impact the possible penalties?
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Trafficking Guns and Weapons in Salt Lake City
Trafficking guns and weapons in Utah will likely be charged as a federal offense. Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(d) provides a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison for anyone convicted of selling, giving, or otherwise distributing any gun or ammunition to any person who:
- Is convicted of or awaiting trial on any state or federal felony charge
- Drug user or addict
- Person who is not a citizen or legal permanent resident, including both illegal aliens and legal aliens without a green card
- Is a subject of a domestic violence restraining order, or has a prior conviction for domestic assault
- Is a fugitive from justice
- Has been dishonorably discharged from the military
Federal law states that the firearm or ammunition must be transported across a state line for the law to apply, however federal courts have held this to apply to essentially any gun or ammunition possessed in the United States. If you sell, give, or otherwise distribute a firearm or ammunition to a prohibited person, you can be convicted of federal weapons trafficking charges, even if the transaction takes place entirely within Utah between two state residents.
You may also face federal firearms trafficking charges in other circumstances, for example a federal firearms license is required for most transactions of firearms or ammunition.
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Trafficking Guns and Weapons to Underage Persons in Utah
Trafficking guns and ammunition to a person under 18 years of age can also result in conviction under federal weapons trafficking laws. If convicted of weapons trafficking to juveniles under Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(x)(1), you face up to one year in prison. If a court finds you had reason to believe the juvenile would commit a violent crime with the gun or ammunition, you could possible face up to 10 years in federal prison.
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Using a Guns Trafficking Lawyer in SLC
After being arrested or charged with a federal offense involving trafficking guns, ammunition, or other weapons, you should contact an experienced trafficking guns and weapons attorney. Call Levitt Legal, PLLC today to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case and the possible defenses to help you obtain the best possible resolution for any charge involving trafficking guns or weapons in Northern Utah.