Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in Richmond

What is considered a weapon?

A weapon is generally defined as something used to cause death, bodily injury, or to destroy. Typically we think of guns, knives, or clubs. Chemicals and explosives are also weapons. In the wrong hands, almost anything can be used as a weapon. If you have been accused of a weapons crime, speak with our Richmond criminal defense lawyers at Carlson & Collier.

Illegal Possession of Weapons Laws

There are various circumstances that may warrant an illegal possession charge. For instance, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is legal to possess a firearm. The law only requires passing a background check.

Possessing a firearm is considered illegal if you are:

  • A convicted felon
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Mentally unstable
  • An alien
  • The subject of a protective order

Also, it is illegal to carry a firearm in government buildings or a school. Concealment of a weapon is also illegal. Concealment occurs when the weapon is hidden from others. This could be hidden on your person or within reach, perhaps under your car seat. Blackjacks, brass knuckles, nunchucks, and even a slingshot, if hidden, can lead to an arrest.

What about semi-automatic weapons?

While machine guns are illegal in most states, this is not the case in Virginia. Any semi-automatic weapon may be purchased as long as a background check is passed and the gun is registered with the Department of State Police within 24 hours. Otherwise it is illegal possession. Learn more about the unlawful use of a machine gun.

Take Action: Call Our Richmond Criminal Defense Attorneys

Illegal possession of a weapon can range from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a felony. Prior record, weapon in possession, and place of possession can all contribute to the verdict. Specific information can be found in the Code of Virginia Sections: 18.2-287, 18.2-283 – 308, and 18.2-10, 11.

Protect your rights: Call Carlson & Collier today for a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced Richmond criminal lawyers.

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