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Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public

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Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public

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Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public is a very technical offense. Simply carrying a loaded firearm in a street does not get you thrown in jail. The gun must be loaded, and the case has a charge of powder and a bullet, and is attached to the actual gun. Firearms is defined as a device that is used as a weapon that fires a projectile through a barrel by an explosion or combustion. Guns, rockets, tasers all fall under the firearms category. Pellet guns and BB guns do not count as firearms however.

Some people are exempt from this crime however. These people have legal rights to carry a loaded firearm in public. Peace officers current or retired. Federal law enforcement agencies such as IRS, FBI, etc. Members of the military. People who completed a regular course in firearms training, like zookeepers. Recreational shooters if you are using a target for practice, or on a hunting premise. having a permit to carry a concealed firearm grants immunity to it as well. Guards and private investigators have guns under certain conditions. Business owners and private property owners as long as they’re on that property.Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public

Punishments for Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public

Getting caught with carrying a loaded firearm in public will make you face a probation, a year in county jail, and or up to a $1000 fine. If you had a prior misdemeanor crime against a person or property of a drug crime law, or not the actual owner of the gun,  then the case becomes a wobbler. A wobbler means it can become a felony or a misdemeanor. If convicted as a felony, the same fine applies but the prison sentence can be up to three years. These charges can become more severe if you had an earlier offense under gun laws. If you know the gun is stolen. unlawfully having the gun if prohibited from owning one. Or if actively involved in a criminal street gang.

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