Arrested for Firearm Possession while Visiting New York City?
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives us a general right
to have firearms however the different states can interpret this in their
own way. Guns laws are generally more lax in southern states. New York
has particularly strict laws regulating the possession of firearms. Out-of-state
licenses are not recognized and you face a 3.5 year minimum in New York
for an illegal gun.
The NYPD aggressively investigates illegal gun possession and is quick
to make an arrest. In some states, you are not required to have a license
to carry a firearm. In others, getting a license is fairly quick. Gun
owners traveling to New York State often travel to New York City for business
or pleasure. If they weren't aware of New York's harsh gun laws
or were under a mistaken belief that their out-of-state license will be
honored in New York, an arrest and felony charges could follow.
Tourists and visitors are often arrested at security checkpoints in New
York such as at
- The Statue of Liberty
- Empire State Building
- Tunnels or other ports of entry
- Other security checkpoints
If you or a loved-one has been arrested for carrying an illegal gun in
New York City,
contact us today for a case evaluation. We can take steps to challenge the search
and seizure of the firearm, suppress any statements you made without a
lawyer, fight the charges in court and argue on your behalf to the prosecutor.
Lance Fletcher, a former Manhattan prosecutor, has successfully defended
clients throughout New York City Courts against weapon possession charges.
We handle cases in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.