4 Types of Federal Weapons Charges

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A federal crime is the highest level crime you can be charged with. In these cases, you didn’t only break state law but also national laws. Many federal crimes occur when convicted felons are arrested for another crime involving weapons. Let’s discuss four types of federal weapons charges.

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Felon in Possession

If a convicted felon is found in possession of a firearm, they may be charged with a federal crime.
This is a Class D felony that can result in:

  • Up to 10 years in prison
  • 3 years of probation
  • $250,000 in fines

Some weapons that are illegal for all citizens to possess include:

  • Machine guns
  • Sawed-off shotguns
  • Bombs or other explosives
  • Switchblades

Firearms Trafficking

In general, any crime that occurs while cross state borders can be charged as a federal offense. If any individual is found smuggling weapons or ammunition across state lines, the crime will be considered a federal weapons offense.

Violent Crime

If a weapon is present at the time of a federal criminal offense, it will automatically classify as a violent crime. Thus, even if the offense did not result in injury or death, it will be considered a federal violent crime.


Obtaining a fake permit to possess or purchase a weapon will result in federal fraud charges.

What To Do If You’re Facing Federal Charges

Federal crime investigators have ample resources to conduct investigations and build cases against individuals accused of federal crimes. If you are arrested and charged with a federal offense, you need to work with an experienced defense attorney who knows how to go up against federal organizations. The team at Schweitzer & Davidian has faced some of the toughest prosecutors in the United States. Call us today at (559) 206-2322 to discuss your case with our California federal crime lawyers.