Gun Charges Crimes and Consequences
Missouri is known to have some of the least restrictive laws regarding the possession of firearms by law abiding citizens. Still, there are many complicated laws and regulations which can lead to a firearms related charge ranging from misdemeanor to very serious felony charges. Certain individuals don’t have the right to carry a firearm. Common examples include those who have been convicted of a domestic violence charge, anyone who has been convicted of a felony but there are many scenarios in which someone may or may not be able to carry a firearm depending on their occupation, location or history. Below you will to see an overview of Missouri law outlining some of the most common firearms related charges which occur in St. Louis and St. Charles County.
Unlawful use of weapons: A Misdemeanor to A Felony
Unlawful use of weapons charges are some of the most complicated criminal laws in Missouri with many exceptions and a huge variance in the severity of the penalty. Some of the most common ways you see an unlawful use of weapons charge in Missouri are as follows:
- Carrying Firearms where restricted by Law.
- Using a firearm in an angry or threatening manner; or has a firearm or projectile weapon readily capable of lethal use on his or her person.
- While he or she is intoxicated, and handles or otherwise uses such firearm or projectile weapon in either a negligent or unlawful manner.
- Discharges such firearm or projectile weapon unless acting in self-defense; or
- Discharges a firearm within one hundred yards of any occupied schoolhouse, courthouse, or church building; or
- Discharges or shoots a firearm at a mark, at any object, or at random, on, along or across a public highway or discharges or shoots a firearm into any outbuilding
- Possession of Firearms and Drugs which are sufficient for a felony
Still, there are several other ways that you could be charged with unlawful use of weapons for a gun related charge in St. Louis and St. Charles County and you should contact a gun charge defense lawyer at the Krupp Law Firm for advice.