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Louisiana Criminal Weapons Charges
Firearms and Weapons Offense Attorney in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, & Ruston, LA
Representation for Weapons Charges in Louisiana
The right to possess weapons for self-defense is embedded in our nation’s Constitution, yet state and federal laws enforce several restrictions as to how we can exercise this right. Compared to several states, Louisiana has relatively relaxed gun laws. This does not mean that you will receive a lenient sentence. At the John D. and Eric G. Johnson Law Firm, we strive to provide tenacious representation for individuals charged with all types of weapons offenses and firearms offenses throughout Louisiana.
Common Louisiana Weapons and Firearms Offenses
There are many state and federal restrictions on the use of firearms in Louisiana. These laws regulate how, when, where, and by whom, firearms may be used. Under certain circumstances, the specific way in which a firearm or other weapon was used could constitute a crime. In other scenarios, simply possessing a firearm may be a criminal act. Several criminal violations exist involving the presence of firearms and other weapons of which you should be aware as a gun owner in the state.
The following are considered criminal acts involving firearms and other weapons in Louisiana:
- Owning a firearm as a convicted felon
- Carrying a concealed weapon without a valid permit
- Firing a gun within 1,000 feet of a parade
- Removing the serial number from a firearm
You can face severe repercussions for any of the following offenses:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Illegal use of weapons
- Illegal discharge of weapons
- Felon carrying a concealed weapon
- Illegally supplying a felon with a firearm
- Illegally supplying a felon with ammunition
You can also face severe repercussions for any of these offenses:
- Illegally carrying a firearm in a gun-free zone
- Illegally carrying a firearm at a school or school function
- Illegal possession of body armor
- Trafficking firearms
- Possessing illegal weapons
- Using a firearm in connection to illegal drug activity
Louisiana Firearms Defense Attorney Eric Johnson at Your Service
Louisiana is one of many states in which you do not need a permit to purchase and openly carry a firearm; however, if you have a felony conviction for a violent crime or a felony drug crime, you may face additional complications from the criminal justice system. Felons may not possess firearms for up to ten years following the completion of the sentence, parole, probation, or the early suspension of the sentence. If you are caught with a firearm and have a felony conviction to your name.
Additionally, you may not carry a concealed firearm without the proper permits. It is also a crime to carry a concealed weapon in a manner that makes it likely the gun will discharge or cause others to fear that you are going to commit a crime with it. This is referred to as “negligent carrying of a concealed weapon” and carries serious penalties.
Over his 27-year career, Eric Johnson has pursued hundreds of cases involving the illegal application of firearms and other weapons in Louisiana. Speak to him for free to discuss your case and arrange for a strong defense. Connect with Eric.