The Baker Law Firm, Phoenix Criminal Defense & Family Law
Gun Crimes and Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys
Like every state in the US, Arizona has laws that govern who can own guns, buy guns, and where guns may be used. Unfortunately, laws are not always clearly written and some subjectivity may come into play.
This may perhaps best be seen even in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Understanding this can give valuable insight into how and why gun control has come to be such a controversial topic today.
Violent Assault And Gun Crime Attorney
Remember that Violent crimes like
- assault and battery
- assault with a deadly weapon
- aggravated assault
You have rights that The Baker Law Firm, the Criminal Defense team (Gun Crime and Violent Crime Defense) will fight for.
Maricopa County Violent Crime Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with a violent crime in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, including Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Glendale, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff; contact The Baker Law Firm, Criminal Defense Attorneys. We are an experienced violent crimes attorney and will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and consequences to your alleged offense.
Gun Crime Attorney
Remember that violent crimes like assault and battery, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, and endangerment accusations in Phoenix will not necessarily result in a conviction. You have rights that The Baker Law Firm, Criminal Defense team will fight for. The prosecuting attorney is required to prove you committed every element to the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Our team specializes in finding weakness in the government’s case against our clients. This can be a very difficult burden to meet, especially when proving mental states to commit the crime. If the judge or jury has any doubt as to whether an element of the crime was proven, the charges against you can be reduced or even dismissed.
On the other hand, a conviction for violent crime offenses in Phoenix can result in serious penalties, including lengthy mandatory prison or jail terms, a criminal record and/or steep fines.
These types of offenses can also render an individual ineligible for probation, for other types of deferred sentencing, or to own or possess a firearm. Therefore, it is essential to hire a knowledgeable Phoenix criminal defense lawyer to create your best legal strategy in order to possibly help you avoid a conviction to your alleged offense.
Maricopa County Violent Crime Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with a violent crime in Mesa, or any of the surrounding areas in Arizona, including Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix or East Valley, contact The Baker Law Firm, Criminal Defense Attorneys. We are an experienced violent crimes attorney and will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and consequences to your alleged offense.
History Of The Second Amendment
Going back to 1790, legal scholars explained that the Second Amendment essentially calls out two different elements.
On one hand, it refers to the importance of having a well-armed militia in order to guard against a government that unfairly treats its citizens. On the other hand, it also refers to the government not infringing on the rights of citizens to bear arms.
Definition of Gun Rights In America
The first part of this gave rise to the National Guard yet other people have focused more heavily on the latter portion which gives rights to individuals instead of organizations.
In 2008 and again in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld rulings that supported the individual’s right to bear arms. The challenge about what should be legal and what should be illegal when it comes to gun ownership and use is not likely to end soon but understanding its historical roots is important.
How does the US compare with other countries?
There were 14,400 gun-caused homicides in 2019.
Killings involving a gun were nearly three quarters of all homicides in the US in that year.
That’s a larger proportion of homicides than in Canada, Australia, England and Wales, and many other countries.
How do US gun deaths break down?
Figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show there were a total of more than 38,300 deaths from guns in 2019 – of which more than 23,900 were suicides.
How much do guns cost to buy?
In countries where guns are not widely owned, it can be a surprise to discover that they are relatively cheap to purchase in the US.
Among the arsenal of weapons recovered from the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock in 2017 were handguns, which can cost from as little $200 (£145) – comparable to a Chromebook laptop.
Who supports gun control?
In the US, public opinion on gun laws has fluctuated over recent years.
Opinion polling by Gallup suggests that a majority of Americans would like to see the laws covering the sale of firearms made more strict.
Gun Carry Laws On Arizona School Grounds
Gun laws in Arizona may sometimes be difficult to understand, there can be very small things that make the difference between something being legal and being illegal. Carrying or possessing a gun near or on school grounds is one of those things.
According to the National Rifle Association of America, the state of Arizona does not require people to have a permit to carry a handgun, shotgun or a rifle. This law stands for both concealed carry of a weapon as well as open carry of a weapon. Similarly, Arizona residents do not need to obtain licenses before purchasing these types of weapons nor do they need to register their purchases with the state or any other organization. However, this does not mean that guns can be taken just anywhere, anytime.
As explained by the City of Phoenix police department, elementary and secondary school properties are areas where gun carry is monitored. An unloaded weapon in vehicles may be allowed if carried by persons over the age of 18. If an adult with a gun in a car or other vehicle wishes to leave the vehicle, the weapon must be locked away so that it cannot be seen by passers by and kept free of any ammunition.
Some leeway is provided for having guns on campuses if it’s for educational purposes and may even extend to minors as well as to adults. It is important for people to know that while municipalities cannot develop their own gun carry restrictions, individual school boards can.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Arizona residents a historical look at the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and what rights it may or may not provide with regard to gun ownership.