Gun laws are intended to keep our society safe, but these stringent regulations at times can result in an unsuspecting and normally law-abiding citizen facing serious weapons charges. In the State of Indiana, guns must be registered properly. Occasionally, people inherit guns through their families, only to find out much later that the weapon was not registered legally. Those who are convicted of certain crimes may not possess a firearm at all, and even though most felons are informed that they may no longer carry a firearm, many people who were convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence charges are unaware of this revoked privilege.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS
- Carrying a Handgun without a License – A Misdemeanor; however, it is a C felony if committed on or near school property or if the person has a prior conviction for the same offense.
- Possession of a Handgun by a Felon – D felony if the person was convicted of a felony within the preceding 15 years
- Possession of a Handgun by a Serious Violent Felon – B Felony
- Providing False Information to Obtain a Handgun – C Felony
- Obliterating the Identification Marks on a Handgun or Possessing a Handgun with Obliterated Identification – C Felony
- Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm – can be a D or C felony depending on the circumstances
- Pointing a Firearm at a Another Person – D felony; however, A misdemeanor if not loaded
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Domestic Batterer – A misdemeanor
OTHER WEAPONS CHARGES IN INDIANA
Additionally, there are specific rules set forth in the case of “self defense” and if you accidentally hit a bystander when aiming at a criminal, you may face charges. You need not use a gun to face weapons charges. A “deadly weapon” includes knives, guns, and can be anything else designed for lethal use. The definition of a deadly weapon is subjective, so it may be anything from a billy club to steel-toed boots. If you commit a crime while in possession of a deadly weapon, your sentence for that crime will be increased automatically.