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Weapons Crimes Archives

Barricade situation involving gun leads to arrest for Phoenix man

People in Maricopa County, and throughout Arizona, often believe they may keep guns in their homes for their own personal safety. However, even in the privacy of their own home, some situations involving weapons may lead to serious criminal charges. Being convicted of weapons crimes often carries severe penalties, which may have a serious impact on their futures.

Who is prohibited from owning and carrying firearms in Arizona?

Here in Arizona, it sometimes seems that everyone has a firearm. While the state’s gun laws are rather liberal compared to the rest of the country, you may be prohibited from owning a firearm under certain circumstances. If you are a prohibited possessor in the state, you could face serious penalties for having or carrying a firearm.

What qualifies as misconduct involving weapons in Arizona?

Owning and using weapons in the state of Arizona comes with significant responsibility. As such, there are strict laws that address the possession and handling of certain weapons. If you are in any way involved with deadly weapons, it is important for you to understand these laws in order to avoid potential violations and their serious consequences.

Knife laws being relaxed in some states

Serious weapons charges can be imposed against a person regardless of the type of weapon involved, from a gun to a knife to a blunt instrument. Many Phoenix residents carry knives as a way to defend themselves; a gun is by no means the only method of self-defense out there. However, defending one’s self with a knife, making a mistake or accidentally lashing out in anger are all scenarios that can result in an assault charge. Felony possession of a weapon can result in serious penalties, including heavy fines and even prison time.

Accidently discharging a gun may result in criminal charges

At the Baker Law Firm, we understand that some criminal charges result from genuine accidents. When this occurs, a single mistake or lapse in judgment may lead to a life-altering criminal record. Certain criminal statutes do not allow exceptions in cases of accidents. In Arizona, unlawfully discharging a firearm is one such offense.  

What training is required for Arizona concealed weapon permits?

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, state residents who wish to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon must have demonstrable competence with firearms. Applicants can satisfy this requirement in a number of ways, including by showing that they completed a qualifying safety or training course in firearm use. 

Man gets criminal charges dropped for firearm possession

The Constitution of the United States guarantees all citizens the right to bear arms. Despite this, gun laws vary dramatically around the nation and sometimes the line between what is legal and what is illegal can be difficult to identify. Arizona residents should take the time to understand their rights and learn from the experiences of others what actions can lead to gun charges and what may not.

Understanding Arizona’s gun laws

While our nation’s constitution guarantees each citizen the right to bear arms, each state manages the ownership of guns differently. According to HandgunLawUS.com, the state of Arizona has been governed by what is called permitless carry since July 2010. This law makes it legal to purchase and carry a gun without a permit in Arizona but that does not mean a person cannot be charged with felony possession of a weapon. Residents may opt to apply for permits and the state still issues them but they are not required.

Inmate faces new first degree murder charge

People who are arrested for serious charges in Phoenix can face multiple penalties, the nature of which depends largely upon the individual circumstances. A felony charge typically has a stricter set of penalties than a misdemeanor charge, for example. Weapons crimes, battery or an assault charge are all types of felonies that can be levied against a defendant.

Man accused of murder and child abuse in Phoenix

Arizona residents may enjoy a wealth of sunny days compared with much of the rest of the country but that does not always protect against some challenges or dangers. Serious crimes such as weapons crimes, aggravated assault, felony assault, rape, murder and more can and do occur in Phoenix-area neighborhoods.