Gun possession can be unlawful for various reasons, such as when an individual is a convicted felon and not legally allowed to own a gun. In Washington State, an individual can be arrested for crimes involving unlawful gun possession.
- I’m a Convicted Felon, Will I Be Arrested for Firearm Possession?
- Does it Matter if the Firearm is Loaded?
- I’m not a Convicted Felon, So Why Was I Arrested on a Gun Charge?
- What Does Carrying a Concealed Firearm Charge Mean?
- Is Unlawful Firearm Charge the Same as an Unlawful Possession of a Firearm?
- What are the Penalties for Unlawful Possession of a Gun?
- Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Charge?
Yes. In the State of Washington, a defendant convicted of certain criminal offenses cannot legally possess a firearm. Anyone who was convicted of a felony and caught with a firearm in their possession can be arrested and charged with unlawful firearm possession.
No. It does not matter if the firearm was loaded or unloaded. A person can still face unlawful possession of a firearm charge.
In Washington State, it’s also illegal to possess a gun if a person does not have a license to carry a firearm.
Carrying a concealed firearm refers to a defendant carrying a firearm on their person that is concealed, but without a license. It doesn’t matter if the firearm was found in the defendant’s vehicle, home, or on their person, they can be charged with violating the concealed carry law, a misdemeanor.
No, it’s not the same criminal charge. Certain firearms are illegal to own in Washington State. These firearms include machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and short-barreled rifles. When a defendant is accused of having an unlawful firearm, it means they have a type of firearm not allowed in the State. Whereas unlawful possession typically refers to having any type of firearm without a legal right to have one.
It’s a class B felony to illegally possess a firearm. A defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000. While carrying a concealed firearm is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Yes. It’s important to take to a Washington criminal lawyer regarding your firearm charge. Contact a lawyer immediately.