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What Does Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon Involve?
Convicted felons are barred from possessing, transporting, and/or manufacturing firearms under federal law. These charges do not require the defendant to be in actual possession of the firearm when it is discovered.
Possession of a firearm could be applicable if the firearm is found in any area that a convicted felon frequents, including their home, car, storage area, etc.
Is Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon a Federal Crime?
The prosecution only needs to prove the defendant was in possession of the weapon, had access, and could potentially use it. More than one individual can be charged with possession of a single firearm.
What Penalties Does a Felon Face for Possession of a Firearm?
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a serious offense that should not be taken lightly. Penalties for this crime vary greatly based on other charges in the case, the defendant’s criminal history, and the type of firearm that is discovered.
Possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, even without the presence of other criminal charges and/or history.
A felon who has been convicted of three or more previous violent crimes or drug trafficking faces a minimum sentence of 15 years without parole in federal prison.