While the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms, the federal government can still regulate and prohibit the sale and possession of firearms and weapons. Numerous federal agencies enforce federal laws and help prosecute cases of alleged weapon violations.
Federal weapons crimes are more serious in nature than state offenses because prosecutors typically have far greater resources to work with and the penalties can be much stiffer. Convictions for these types of crimes can potentially result in lengthy prison sentences and fines that may be hundreds of thousands of dollars.Federal Weapons Offense Lawyer in Broward County, FL
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Fort Lauderdale Weapons Offenses Information Center
- Which kind of weapons crimes are federal offenses?
- Who is prohibited under federal law from possessing weapons?
- Where can I learn more about the agencies that handle federal weapons issues?
Federal Weapons Offenses in Florida
Federal prosecutors most often have the jurisdiction to prosecute weapons crimes when alleged offenses involve firearms or weapons that traveled in interstate or foreign commerce. People can also face federal charges for weapons offenses that occur on federal property and violations of federal weapons laws.
Federal firearm and weapons laws are established in the United States Code, a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. The penalties for federal convictions can be more severe than state crimes, as possible prison sentences may be longer and fines can be larger.
A few of the weapons crimes that people most frequently face federal charges for in Florida include, but are not limited to:
- Concealment of a Firearm;
- Firearms Trafficking;
- Illegally Possessing a Firearm in a Federal Facility;
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and
- Unlicensed Possession;
Types of People Prohibited From Possessing Weapons
While people’s right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, certain individuals can lose or forfeit this right. 18 U.S. Code § 922 (g) makes it illegal for any person to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition, or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, if he or she:
- Being an alien, is illegally or unlawfully in the united states, or has been admitted to the united states under a nonimmigrant visa of the immigration and nationality act;
- Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution;
- Has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence;
- Has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
- Has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions;
- Having been a citizen of the united states, has renounced his or her citizenship;
- Is a fugitive from justice;
- Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance; or
- Is subject to a court order that was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had an opportunity to participate; restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; and includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child or, by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.
Florida Resources for Federal Weapons Offenses
Southern District of Florida | Department of Justice — The Southern District of Florida includes Broward County and eight other counties. The United States Attorney for the Southern District is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the district. On this website, you can learn more about the current United States Attorney, recent news form the office, and some of the office’s programs.
U.S. Attorney's Office
500 E. Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394
U.S. Marshals Service | Southern District of Florida — The U.S. Marshals Service was the first and is thus the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States. In addition to serving federal level arrest warrants, U.S. Marshals also provide federal judicial security, helps apprehend fugitives, and seizes and manages assets acquired through illegal means. On this website, you can learn more about the strategic plan of the U.S. Marshals Service, find various fact sheets, and read recent news releases.
U.S. Marshals Service
Southern District of Florida
U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
299 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 312
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
If you believe that you may be under investigation or you were already arrested for a federal weapons crime in South Florida, it will be in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. The Hoffman Firm aggressively defends clients in Hollywood, Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, Pompano Beach, Cooper City, and many other nearby communities in Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office who is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.