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Gun Crimes

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With school shootings and other random acts of gun violence occurring more frequently, Illinois is imposing harsh penalties on the unlawful possession of firearms. If you have been arrested for a gun crime, do not underestimate the charges against you. Without the assistance of  an experienced lawyer, you could face serious prison time and fines. Individuals who find themselves facing the wrath of the criminal justice system turn to the Harris Law Firm, P.C.  Harris Law Firm has a reputation for being a defender of the rights of the common man and is prepared to offer you unrivaled counsel.

Laws affecting a citizen's right to bear arms are constantly evolving. Just recently a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, Springfield Division, granted a motion for the dismissal of a challenge of the statewide ban on the carrying of a firearm for personal protection. Our constitutional rights are constantly being challenged and amended making it more important than ever to seek a qualified Chicago gun crime defense attorney if you have been charged with a gun crime such as  Armed Habitual Criminal Aggravated Discharge, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, or Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, contact the Harris Law Firm to discuss your rights.  The state of Illinois has extremely strict gun control laws that many citizens are not entirely aware of. For example, it is illegal to carry or possess a firearm, stun gun or taser in any place that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.

Weapons charges result from what is considered an unlawful use of a weapon, such as reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a weapon without a permit, or possession with the intent to harm another person or commit a crime. Even possessing ammunition can result in a weapons charge.  Persons charged with unlawful use of a weapon, specifically a handgun or any other type of gun need to be aware of other recent changes in the law. Probation is no longer available, even for first time offenders, for those charged with unlawful use of a weapon (UUW) in Illinois, unless they possess a valid firearm owners identification card (FOID), unless the person charged is under the age of 18. You need someone like Attorney Harris who constantly monitors the ever-changing laws regarding UUWs.

Illinois is the only state that currently bans individuals from carrying concealed firearms. Recently that law has been appealed and the Illinois legislature has been ordered to allow the carrying of concealed weapons. But that law has yet to implemented and you can still be charged with unlawful use of a weapon even if you own a FOID card. The other 49 states allow concealed carry permits, with requirements and regulations varying by state. Recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 822. This is called the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which allows individuals with valid state-issued concealed carry permits to carry a concealed firearm across state lines, as long as that state allows concealed carry. Since many Weapons Charges are the result of police performing an illegal search of a person, home or vehicle. Effectively arguing that the evidence obtained and subsequent arrest was based on an illegal search and seizure, is how the Harris Law Firm is able to get many Weapons Charges dismissed.