Exclusively Practicing Criminal Defense for
Two Decades
David Olshansky

Federal Firearms Prohibitions

Throughout the Federal Criminal Code and Rules and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines there are numerous firearms violations. Chapter 44 USC 18 sections 921 through 931 contain most of the relevant provisions of law, however there are penalties attributed to firearms violations throughout the code. Federal law prohibits possession of firearms by certain people, and also the possession of certain types of weapons under specific situations, such as fully-automatic weapons and weapons equipped with silencing devices. the code further explains enhanced penalties for crimes when a firearm was possessed, brandished, used, or fired during the commission of other crimes. the federal laws contain mandatory minimum sentences for some classifications of people who possess firearms. Under certain circumstances, like possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense or of the offense of domestic battery penalties can be severe. Do to the complicated application of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the only way to accurately describe the penalties applicable to a person charged with a weapons violation is to examine the entire case and relevant laws.