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Can felons face prosecution for having firearms?

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2022 | Weapons Charges

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans the right to keep and bear arms. This is an invaluable right, as it allows individuals to defend themselves. Still, like many other rights in the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment’s guarantee is not an absolute one.

If you have a felony conviction in your past, you have probably lost your right to have a gun. Carrying or bearing one may subject you both to criminal prosecution and to significant penalties.

Prohibited weapons

In Illinois, it is unlawful for anyone to have certain types of weapons, including switchblades, metal knuckles and throwing stars. This is true regardless of whether a person has a felony conviction on his or her record. According to Illinois law, though, felons cannot possess any type of firearm. They also usually cannot have ammunition.

Potential risk

Being a felon who is in possession of a firearm is a serious offense in the Land of Lincoln. Indeed, a first-time conviction for having a gun may land you behind bars for up to a decade. The seriousness of the offense, though, increases for those who have multiple felonies or particularly serious ones in their pasts. The underlying circumstances of your arrest for possessing a firearm also factor into your legal exposure.

If you are coping with a felony conviction on your record, you undoubtedly know how difficult life can be for those in your position. Ultimately, because you do not want to further complicate your situation, it is important to explore all possible defenses to any gun-possession charges you are currently facing.