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Charge: Assault - State claimed client hit victim with a telephone and broke victim’s nose. However, the client was acting in self-defense.

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Illegal Weapon Possession

The state of Texas is one of the most lenient states in the United States with regard to weapon possession laws, and has no state statutes which limit the sale, purchase, or ownership of weapons at all. Additionally, the wording of the state constitution grants the right to regulate the wearing of arms exclusively to the state legislature, meaning that municipalities are unable to pass their own limited statutes.

In the absence of specific state legislation, the National Firearms Act (NFA) places the only restrictions upon gun ownership and possession in Texas. The NFA is intended to curtail the use and ownership of so-called “gangster” weapons such as short-barreled shotguns and rifles, machine guns, suppressors, and dangerous explosive weapons such as grenades.

Federal Penalties

The NFA does not explicitly ban the possession of the weapon categories it covers, but requires that each weapon must be registered and accounted for. If you are found in possession of an unregistered NFA weapon you may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Forfeiture of any unregistered weapons in your possession
  • Forfeiture of the right to possess firearms in the future
  • Imprisonment of up to 10 years
  • A maximum fine of $10,000

These are life-altering penalties, and should be taken seriously by all who face them. Do not delay seeking legal counsel and representation when you are charged with illegal weapon possession.

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Johnson Johnson & Baer, P.C., is committed to defending the rights and interests of our clients, whatever the nature of the charges against them. If you have been charged with a gun crime, contact us at 713-523-0404 today to speak with one of our experienced Houston illegal weapon possession attorneys.