With gun crimes reportedly on the rise in Washington and Baltimore, D.C.., the Metropolitan Police Department has stepped up their efforts to seize illegal guns and get them off the streets. Just recently, police said that they have recovered 17 illegal firearms, mostly handguns, in the District of Columbia.
The handguns were recovered through the concerted effort of the police department’s Gun Recovery Unit, Criminal Interdiction Unit, and Crime Suppression Teams. In its website, the police department said that they welcome any information regarding illegal firearms, including anonymous tips that may be submitted through the department’s test messaging line.
Gun Crime Laws in D.C.
D.C. has some of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. Under DC laws, one must possess all the qualifications to possess a firearm and must register their firearm with the police department. The police department has determined the types of firearms that may be registered. DC Official Code §7-2502.08 further requires a registered owner to carry a copy of their gun registration with them and to present them upon demand by a law enforcer.
When transporting a registered firearm, the law also requires the owner to ensure that the gun is unloaded and kept inside a locked container.
Charged with Gun Crime in D.C.
The D.C. police department currently offers a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of gun law violators. Apprehensions for alleged gun crime violations ordinarily result from searches, with or without a warrant. If you are caught in possession of an unregistered firearm, you can be arrested and charged with gun crime law violations that are punishable by jail time and hefty fines.
Considering the D.C. police’s aggressive pursuit of illegal firearms, it’s important to consult an experienced D.C. gun lawyer immediately to begin building your gun crime defense.
D.C. gun crime laws are circuitous and complicated. In D.C., a defendant may be eligible for a diversion of the gun charges which may be disposed of without conviction. Another option is to negotiate for the reduction of a felony charge to a misdemeanor which can pave the way for a probationary sentence.
An experienced Washington, D.C. criminal defense attorney can help you through the complex legal process and obtain either a dismissal or a reduction of the gun charge against you.
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our Maryland and Washington criminal trial lawyers will fight for your right to possess a firearm and defend you from gun charges. We invite you to call us today for advice with your gun crime charge at (202) 393-0535.