The discussion over gun rights and possession has been ongoing in Kansas and across the nation for many years. Parties on both sides of the debate are arguing that their beliefs are the best for public safety and many of those are people who would push for stricter gun control legislation. Regardless of the political developments, Kansas remains as one state where obtaining a firearm is relatively simple as long as the individual abides by the state's rules and regulations.
One important rule to be aware of is that there are restrictions placed on certain people groups, making gun possession by these individuals a federal offense. Under Kansas state law, it is illegal for one who has been convicted of certain felony offenses, is unlawfully using certain controlled substances or one who is a habitual drunkard to possess or carry any firearm. Additionally, the state law prohibits the possession of firearms on certain public grounds including schools or any other state-owned building as designated by the secretary of administration.
Unlawfully possessing firearm may come with serious consequences. A felon in possession of a firearm potentially faces felony-level punishments. Felony gun possession is also often an added charge to those suspected of certain drug offenses involving firearms and weapons use.
The unfortunate reality for many cases involving felony gun possession is that the suspected offender was simply unaware that he or she was acting unlawfully. The laws on restricted gun possession in Kansas are confusing and extensive. Therefore, many people are charged for a crime they did not know they were committing. Because the charge does not require the actual use of the gun, a defendant may be facing harsh punishment for a simple misunderstanding.
In times such as these, the residents of Johnson County need to know that they can turn to a Olathe federal criminal defense lawyer who understands their situation and has the ability to get them out of it.
If you have been charged with a federal level offense of felony gun possession, contact Garretson & Toth, LLC and get dependable legal representation today.