Firearm Offenses

In general, the law divides firearm offenses into two general categories: unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and using a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Carrying a concealed firearm in states that prohibit such use is usually filed as a misdemeanor.

The use or display of a firearm or other deadly weapon may elevate an offense to a more serious crime and therefore a harsher punishment. For example, an assault committed with a deadly weapon is a felony, while an unarmed assault is usually a filed as a misdemeanor.

In addition, most states make it a crime, usually a misdemeanor, to discharge a firearm in a public place or possessing a firearm that has not been lawfully registered.

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