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In California, the law enumerates weapons that are generally prohibited. This includes everything from shotguns to brass knuckles, and weapons laws are extremely strict. Even possessing these weapons in a private context in your home is against the law. This is irrespective of whether or not you have a concealed weapons permit (or concealed carry permit).

If you have been accused of violating a weapon law or possessing unlawful weapons, you could be facing serious consequences. Retaining the services of our criminal defense lawyer from Second Chances Law Group is in your best interest.

Common Penalties for Weapons Offenses

Possessing unlawful weapons in California is considered a wobbler, which means that the prosecutor has discretion as to whether or not to file a misdemeanor weapons charge or a felony charge. This decision is dependent on the extent of your criminal history, if any, as well as the circumstance specific to your case.

The possible punishments are as followed:

  • If you sustain a California weapons conviction for having possessed, sold, or manufactured a prohibited weapon, your weapon will be destroyed
  • If you are convicted of California misdemeanor weapons ban violation, you will likely go to county jail for a period of 365 days and you are forced to pay a fine of $1,000
  • If you are convicted of a felony under this general weapons ban, you will be incarcerated for a period of up to 3 years and you will be forced to pay a fine of $10,000

What Weapons Are Prohibited in the State of California?

As is the case with California’s knife laws and California’s gun laws, California’s ban on “generally prohibited weapons” is riddled with loopholes, technicalities, and exemptions. An experienced, aggressive, and skilled weapons defense lawyers from our firm is knowledgeable of these nuances and can use them to your advantage to help get your case thrown out or to reduce the severity of the charge.

A few examples of prohibited weapons include:

  • Ammunition containing a flechette dart
  • Ballistic knives, air-gauge knives, and belt buckle knives
  • Bullets with explosive agents
  • Firearm container that is camouflaged
  • Cane guns, leaded canes, and cane swords
  • Concealed daggers and explosives
  • Unrecognizable firearms, short barreled shotguns, and short barreled rifles
  • Large capacity magazines
  • Lipstick knives, pen knives, brass knuckles, or metal knuckles
  • Ninja star, shuriken, shobi-zue, nun chucks, and multi-burst weapons

Our weapons charges defense lawyers can offer you a free case consultation if you or a loved one are charged with having violated a weapons law. Give us a call immediately at (626) 827-7222.

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