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Is Your Weapon Illegal in New York?

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

NYC weapons violations attorneys

People of all types own weapons. Some have them for the purpose of self-defense, while others are enthusiasts who simply enjoy collecting them. Unfortunately, not all types of weapons are legal in the state of New York. If you are charged with any kind of illegal weapon possession, you may be looking at criminal charges with grave consequences.

Illegal Weapons: More Than Just Knives and Guns

People often assume that the law does not concern itself with any weapon that is not a gun or a knife. Unfortunately for martial arts enthusiasts, hunters, unique weapon collectors, and even cosplayers, this simply is not the case. The law restricts a wide variety of weapons, and charges may be filed if you are carrying one that is considered illegal. A few examples include:

  • Swords
  • Sword canes
  • Brass and plastic knuckles
  • Stun guns
  • Bludgeons
  • Blackjacks
  • Tonfas
  • Maces

This list is far from exhaustive; you can face charges for carrying any item that could be considered a weapon with an intent to cause harm to another person.

Knives, Guns, and Explosives

Laws restrict the types of guns, knives, and explosives you may possess as well. All explosive items are considered illegal in the state of New York. Certain guns are fully restricted, meaning you can face charges just for having them. Others can only be carried if the weapon is registered and you are a licensed carrier. There are also restrictions on knives; blades cannot be longer than four inches, and you cannot have it in open view.

Understanding the Consequences of a Weapons Violation

The potential consequences of a weapons violation will vary greatly, depending on the type of weapon and the specific details of your situation. For example, a loaded and unregistered gun will get you into more trouble than an unloaded, unregistered one.

Weapons charges are rated by severity – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree (listed from most to least severe). A 4th degree charge is considered a misdemeanor, and will likely only result in a fine and perhaps a short jail period. All other weapons charges are considered felonies, which can have a lifelong impact on your ability to work, find housing, and obtain federal money for your education.

Contact a New York City Weapons Possession Defense Attorney

If you are facing weapons charges, contact a skilled, aggressive Manhattan criminal defense attorney, who will fight for your rights. Our dedicated team at JOEY JACKSON LAW, PLLC will work tirelessly to protect your best interests and to achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. Schedule your consultation by calling us at 1-833-JOEYJACKSON or 1-833-563-9522 today.