The U.S. Constitution grants each person the right to bear arms, but there are limits to those to whom this right applies and restrictions on possession. There are both state laws and federal laws that speak to the ownership of weapons, and it is beneficial for one to know how these laws could impact him or her and the ability to legally possess or purchase a weapon for personal or business use. Violation of gun laws could result in serious penalties.
What does the law say?
For North Dakota adults wishing to possess a weapon, there are strict limits to how they can get approval, where they can purchase one and where they can take the weapon. For example, the Brady Handgun Violence Act prevents anyone from owning or possessing a weapon for business or personal use if the following apply to him or her:
- Illegal alien living in the United States
- Committed to a mental institution
- Received dishonorable discharge from U.S. military
- Convicted of crime that resulted in a one-year or longer prison sentence
- Subject to a restraining order
- Convicted of domestic violence
While other gun laws can limit ownership and use, this federal law is an example of the restrictions in place by the government regarding purchase and possession.
Violations of weapons laws
A violation of weapons laws can result in consequences that can impact a person for the rest of his or her life. If facing charges related to gun law violations or the illegal possession of a weapon, it is beneficial to take action to learn about the defense options available. A North Dakota defense attorney is a beneficial ally for someone in this position.