Colorado Federal Weapon Crime Attorney
Firearms and weapons offenses are heavily penalized at both the federal and state level. The following is a detailed discussion of federal weapons charges. To learn more about state weapons offenses, see our separate state weapons charges page here. If you are facing federal prosecution for a weapons offense, you need to speak with a Colorado federal weapon crime attorney at once.
Gun Control Act of 1968
In response to the assassinations of President John Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the federal government created the Gun Control Act of 1968, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Act created more strict licensing and regulation of firearms, defined new offense categories, and made it illegal for felons and others to purchase firearms and ammunition. Destructive devices, such as bombs and grenades, also fell under federal jurisdiction because of the Act. Today, many of the penalties for weapons offenses fall under the Gun Control Act of 1968, and only an attorney with extensive practice in federal gun laws and the Act of 1968 has the knowledge and ability to provide the immense legal defense that you require when going up against the federal government.
The National Firearms Act of 1934 and Registration of Machine Guns, Silencers, and Short Barreled Rifles and Shotguns
Long before the creation of the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act (NFA) was initiated in 1934. Originally, it only put stipulations on short barreled rifles and shotguns (sawed off shotguns), and machine guns. These stipulations included imposing a tax on the manufacturers and a tax on the distributors of these weapons. These weapons, along with gun mufflers and silencers, had to be registered with the Secretary of the Treasury. Today, much of the NFA’s regulations are long gone, but certain weapons are still prohibited, or their owners must pass an extensive background check in order to legally own them. A violation of this law is a felony.
Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act
The Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act created a mandatory five-day waiting period for an unlicensed individual to purchase a firearm within states that do not already have a similar law. While Colorado has an alternative system in place, many of the other provisions of the Brady Law apply, such as making it illegal for the following individuals to possess a firearm:
- Convicted criminals;
- Those convicted of domestic abuse felonies or misdemeanors;
- Those who use controlled substances;
- Illegal aliens;
- Individuals committed to mental institutions or who are legally mentally defective;
- Those who were dishonorably discharged from the military;
- Individuals who have a restraining order placed on them by their intimate partner
Contact a Colorado Federal Weapon Crime Attorney Today
If you have been charged with a federal weapons offense in Colorado, you need to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you have a fair chance to prove your innocence. We strongly urge you to call Jeffrey S. Weiner today for help.