Beverly Hills Gun Crime Lawyers

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California has the strictest gun laws in the nation. If you’re a gun owner, it’s very easy to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, even if you don’t intend to. New residents and visitors can get into even more trouble, as they often don’t know the local laws.

There are a lot of gun laws on the books, and over a dozen new ones went into effect this year.

California gun laws:

  • Make it a crime to transport firearms incorrectly.
  • Make it a crime to conceal firearms incorrectly.
  • Allows law enforcement to charge you with a crime if you fail to register the gun correctly.
  • Some classes of people are prohibited from owning firearms. If you own one and are one of them, you could be charged with a gun crime.
  • Ban assault rifles.
  • Ban short-barrelled shotguns.
  • Ban short-barrelled rifles.
  • Ban guns that aren’t readily identifiable as guns.
  • Ban high capacity magazines.
  • Ban multiburst trigger devices, including bump stocks.
  • Prohibit you from bringing a firearm to certain locations, such as schools, courthouses, public buildings, or polling stations.
  • Prohibit you from bringing a firearm to certain events, like union strikes.

Concealed carry permits require you to have a clean background check, and to show you have “good moral character.”

Owning a gun in the state of California is only legal if you’re at least 21, have taken a gun safety course, have passed a state-mandated written test, and have submitted to a background check. California also asks you to provide the state with a good reason for requesting a gun license. Before you can buy the gun you must prove you have obtained a lockbox or gun safe approved by the Department of Justice.

Beverly Hills Gun Crime Lawyers

If you are convicted of a felony you are prohibited from owning guns in California. Certain misdemeanors can also bar you from gun ownership for the rest of your life. These include domestic violence charges.

In California, you can’t own a gun within five years of being involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility because you were a danger to yourself or others. If you were admitted more than once within a one-year period you’ll receive a lifetime ban, with the ability to appeal the ban every 5 years.

Concealed carry is the norm; open carry is prohibited throughout much of the state. A few counties allow it. California offers an open carry permit. But they’re only valid in counties with a population under 200,000. Most people who wish to carry guns just move straight to the concealed carry permit instead. California is a “may issue” state, and so may deny a concealed carry permit for any reason they want. It is not easy to own a gun in this state.

Keep in mind that if you fail to conceal your weapon well enough you are going to run afoul of open carry laws. The weapon cannot be exposed in any way.

Penalties for California Gun Crimes

When you are charged with a gun crime, prosecutors may opt to charge you with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Often, they will lump gun charges in with other charges, like assault and battery charges. Gun crimes are often used as “enhancements” to ensure sentencing for other crimes is as harsh as possible.

“Brandishing” a firearm, that is, displaying it or waving it around in a threatening or dangerous manner, is even considered a crime.

If you are accused of manufacturing and selling guns illegally you’ll be accused of weapons trafficking. Your case will become a federal case, and you’ll need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like the attorneys on the Greco Neyland team to protect your rights.

How to Transport a Gun Safely in Beverly Hills

Many people who get in trouble for gun crimes do so because they fail to observe California law vis a vis the storage and transportation of firearms. Often, defendants are pulled over for one thing, like speeding, only to get charged with the drug crime when officers notice illegal transport.

If your weapon is capable of being concealed, you must unload it when you transport it. You must place it in a locked lock box, or in the trunk of your car.

Shotguns and rifles do not have to be locked up. But they must be unloaded any time you bring them into a car.

Gun Laws Specific to Beverly Hills

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department manages all permits and licenses for Beverly Hills residents. CCW licenses are only extended if you can demonstrate good cause.

Good cause is defined as follows: “there is convincing evidence of a clear and present danger to life, or of great bodily harm to the applicant, his spouse, or dependent child, which cannot be adequately dealt with by existing law enforcement resources, and which danger cannot be reasonably avoided by alternative measures, and which danger would be significantly mitigated by the applicant’s carrying of a concealed firearm.”

The entire reason must be covered in-depth on your application form.

The license also comes with restrictions. While you are carrying your gun you may not consume any alcoholic beverage, or be under the influence of any medication or narcotic drug. The Sheriff’s office reserves the right to place additional limitations on the time, place, and circumstances under which the license remains valid.

Defending Against Gun Crime Charges

Because there are so many laws on the books it’s difficult to summarize how we might defend your specific case. You could face a gun violation charge on its own, or it could be attached to a long list of charges.

But then, we give every case our full attention. We investigate it vigorously and make sure we understand every angle. We’re here to defend you to the fullest extent to which we are able. So call us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

Beverly Hills Gun Crime Lawyers

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California has the strictest gun laws in the nation. If you’re a gun owner, it’s very easy to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, even if you don’t intend to. New residents and visitors can get into even more trouble, as they often don’t know the local laws.

There are a lot of gun laws on the books, and over a dozen new ones went into effect this year.

California gun laws:

  • Make it a crime to transport firearms incorrectly.
  • Make it a crime to conceal firearms incorrectly.
  • Allows law enforcement to charge you with a crime if you fail to register the gun correctly.
  • Some classes of people are prohibited from owning firearms. If you own one and are one of them, you could be charged with a gun crime.
  • Ban assault rifles.
  • Ban short-barrelled shotguns.
  • Ban short-barrelled rifles.
  • Ban guns that aren’t readily identifiable as guns.
  • Ban high capacity magazines.
  • Ban multiburst trigger devices, including bump stocks.
  • Prohibit you from bringing a firearm to certain locations, such as schools, courthouses, public buildings, or polling stations.
  • Prohibit you from bringing a firearm to certain events, like union strikes.

Concealed carry permits require you to have a clean background check, and to show you have “good moral character.”

Owning a gun in the state of California is only legal if you’re at least 21, have taken a gun safety course, have passed a state-mandated written test, and have submitted to a background check. California also asks you to provide the state with a good reason for requesting a gun license. Before you can buy the gun you must prove you have obtained a lockbox or gun safe approved by the Department of Justice.

Beverly Hills Gun Crime Lawyers

If you are convicted of a felony you are prohibited from owning guns in California. Certain misdemeanors can also bar you from gun ownership for the rest of your life. These include domestic violence charges.

In California, you can’t own a gun within five years of being involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility because you were a danger to yourself or others. If you were admitted more than once within a one-year period you’ll receive a lifetime ban, with the ability to appeal the ban every 5 years.

Concealed carry is the norm; open carry is prohibited throughout much of the state. A few counties allow it. California offers an open carry permit. But they’re only valid in counties with a population under 200,000. Most people who wish to carry guns just move straight to the concealed carry permit instead. California is a “may issue” state, and so may deny a concealed carry permit for any reason they want. It is not easy to own a gun in this state.

Keep in mind that if you fail to conceal your weapon well enough you are going to run afoul of open carry laws. The weapon cannot be exposed in any way.

Penalties for California Gun Crimes

When you are charged with a gun crime, prosecutors may opt to charge you with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Often, they will lump gun charges in with other charges, like assault and battery charges. Gun crimes are often used as “enhancements” to ensure sentencing for other crimes is as harsh as possible.

“Brandishing” a firearm, that is, displaying it or waving it around in a threatening or dangerous manner, is even considered a crime.

If you are accused of manufacturing and selling guns illegally you’ll be accused of weapons trafficking. Your case will become a federal case, and you’ll need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like the attorneys on the Greco Neyland team to protect your rights.

How to Transport a Gun Safely in Beverly Hills

Many people who get in trouble for gun crimes do so because they fail to observe California law vis a vis the storage and transportation of firearms. Often, defendants are pulled over for one thing, like speeding, only to get charged with the drug crime when officers notice illegal transport.

If your weapon is capable of being concealed, you must unload it when you transport it. You must place it in a locked lock box, or in the trunk of your car.

Shotguns and rifles do not have to be locked up. But they must be unloaded any time you bring them into a car.

Gun Laws Specific to Beverly Hills

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department manages all permits and licenses for Beverly Hills residents. CCW licenses are only extended if you can demonstrate good cause.

Good cause is defined as follows: “there is convincing evidence of a clear and present danger to life, or of great bodily harm to the applicant, his spouse, or dependent child, which cannot be adequately dealt with by existing law enforcement resources, and which danger cannot be reasonably avoided by alternative measures, and which danger would be significantly mitigated by the applicant’s carrying of a concealed firearm.”

The entire reason must be covered in-depth on your application form.

The license also comes with restrictions. While you are carrying your gun you may not consume any alcoholic beverage, or be under the influence of any medication or narcotic drug. The Sheriff’s office reserves the right to place additional limitations on the time, place, and circumstances under which the license remains valid.

Defending Against Gun Crime Charges

Because there are so many laws on the books it’s difficult to summarize how we might defend your specific case. You could face a gun violation charge on its own, or it could be attached to a long list of charges.

But then, we give every case our full attention. We investigate it vigorously and make sure we understand every angle. We’re here to defend you to the fullest extent to which we are able. So call us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

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