Although the Second Amendment provides protection of the right to own firearms, the state of Nevada has imposed many restrictions on what a person can lawfully do with firearms. Chapter 202 of Title 15, the part of Nevada’s law that defines offenses against public safety, establishes certain behaviors as illegal because the conduct is considered to be a risk to public health. Weapons offenses are defined within Chapter 202, which contains several categories of crimes related to weapons.
One of the offenses within Chapter 202 relates to the sale of firearms to minors. This offense is a serious offense that carries harsh penalties, so it is important to understand exactly what is prohibited and exactly what a prosecutor is required to prove in order to secure a conviction.
LV Criminal Defense can help. Our legal team works with defendants accused of many different types of violations of Chapter 202. We can represent you if you have been accused of any violation of the laws aimed at preventing crimes against public health and safety, including laws related to the sale of firearms to minors. To find out more about the assistance our Nevada criminal lawyers can provide to you, give us a call today.
The statute that prohibits the sale of firearms to minors is Nevada Revised Statute section 202.310. According to the relevant law, it is illegal to sell a pistol, revolver, or firearm that is capable of being concealed on the person to a child who is under the age of 18. It is also illegal to barter with a child who is under the age of 18 for a weapon or a firearm.
A defendant can be convicted of this offense if the individuals act with reckless disregard regarding the age of the child who the firearm is sold to, or if the individual has actual knowledge or any reason to know that the child is under the age of 18.
If a defendant unlawfully sells a prohibited firearm to a child who is under the age of 18, the defendant can be found guilty of a Category B felony. The defendant could be punished with a minimum of one-year imprisonment and with a maximum prison term of six years in prison. The defendant could also face a fine of up to $5,000 in addition to the prison sentence.
Because the statute specifies a minimum prison term of a one year period of time, this gives little opportunity for leniency after a defendant has been convicted of selling a prohibited firearm to a minor. As a result, fighting conviction becomes vital if you do not want to end up facing jail time as a result of allegedly selling a weapon to a person who is under the age of 18.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
When you have been accused of the sale of a firearm to a minor, you are facing a felony charge which means not only do you have to worry about prison time, but you could also be left with a felony on your record. This could affect career opportunities in the future and could affect your right to own a gun after conviction.
You need to be assertive in developing a smart legal strategy aimed at avoiding the harsh consequences associated with being convicted of selling a firearm to a minor.
LV Criminal Defense is here to help. Our Vegas criminal defense team has provided representation to many defendants accused of weapons offenses, as well as to defendants accused of all different types of criminal behavior made illegal by Chapter 202 or by other provisions of Nevada’s penal code. To find out more about how our firm can help you to fight charges, give us a call today.