Question: What are some of the most common gun crimes?

Answer: There are many different kinds of federal gun offenses. The general one, the one I’d say most people talk about is a felon or a prohibited person being in possession of a firearm. And that is a felony that carries up to 10 years of imprisonment. And the definition of a person who is not supposed to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition—because ammunition, again, would be something that would fall under that category—would be anybody who’s a felon; anybody who is classified as a drug user or an addict’ a person who is not legally admitted into the United States to live here, so not a citizen, not a green card holder or a permanent resident or someone holding a visa but someone who is here without authorization; someone who is subject to a domestic restraining order; someone who has a prior conviction for domestic assault; someone who is a fugitive from justice, which means that they are fleeing prosecution on one of the cases mentioned above basically; or someone who has been dishonorably discharged from the military.

So that is the classification of people who are not allowed to be in the possession of a firearm or possession of ammunition. So those are cases that we handle. Those all carry up to a potential of 10 years of imprisonment. There’s also prohibition on carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug felony or a crime, so that would be a minimum of five years of imprisonment up to life, depending on what the crime is and what the outcome is. Someone who has a stolen firearm or stolen ammunition that, again, similar to being in possession of it itself, but if you have a stolen one it’s up to 10 years of imprisonment, and then carrying a firearm in a school zone carries up to five years of imprisonment. And I would say those are probably the most common issues that we are going to be dealing with.

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