After the recent election of Donald Trump, there are murmurings that a federal reciprocity law will soon be in the works. The federal law would allow reciprocity for citizens of states with a concealed carry permit to carry in other states where they are not currently authorized to carry firearms.

This law comes as a concern for California that has strict requirements for a concealed carry permit including safety training and good cause for the need to concealed carry. If passed, it would allow citizens to obtain a concealed carry permit in states with less gun control, such a Utah, and then move to any other state in the country and continue to concealed carry.

Gun Laws in the United States

This is an example of the complicated nature of gun laws in the United States. Unfortunately, having different federal and state laws regulating guns sometimes leaves individuals in trouble for failing to comply with one or the other.

Some common crimes stemming from gun possession include:

  • Possession of an Illegal Firearm
  • Felon in Possession
  • Violation of Gun Control Laws
  • Brandishing a Firearm

In addition to these crimes that only include possessing a gun, guns are sometimes used during the commission of other crimes. For example, a gun may be brought as a form of protection to a drug deal, theft or car jacking. Even if they are not used, using a firearm in the commission of another offense can have serious legal consequences.

Consequences of Gun Crimes

Conviction of a gun crime will leave a permanent mark on anyone’s record. Sometimes, individuals will receive enhancements in either their charges, sentencing or both. Additionally, it can be more difficult for those facing gun charges to win favor with a jury as possession of a gun is often seen as inherently violent. Conviction can make it difficult to pass a background check for future employment or be allowed to carry firearms in the future.

That is why it is important that anyone charged with a gun crime immediately contact a qualified criminal defense attorney. In Los Angeles, Mr. Kestenbaum from the Kestenbaum Law Group has years of experience with gun crimes. He understands that each case is unique and requires a critical eye in order to provide the best defense to rebut allegations of gun crimes.

If you need a criminal defense attorney, call today (818) 616-4312 for an evaluation of your case.