Federal Gun Trafficking Charges

Weapons trafficking is a very serious federal charge carrying severe mandatory penalties and thus requires representation by federal criminal lawyers. Weapons trafficking is the movement or transfer of firearms, guns, weapons, parts, or ammunition from a legal to illegal market. Weapons trafficking includes straw purchases or the transfer of a firearm from a legal owner to a possessor either not licensed to own it or have it during a crime or conspiracy to commit a crime. Criminal lawyers know weapons trafficking in the U.S. usually also involves drug trafficking, manufacturing, or other form of narcotics crime.

  • Weapons Offenses
  • Common Illegally Obtained Weapons
  • Weapons and Drug Trafficking/Possession
  • Defense of Weapons Trafficking and Federal Offenses

If you are accused of a weapons offense in furtherance of drug trafficking, there are heftier and severe mandatory minimum penalties set by a federal law called the Firearms Owners Protection Act.

Federal criminal lawyers from LibertyBell Law Group regularly and successfully represent clients accused of weapons and drug offenses, usually involving cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Know that there is no federal legislation specific to firearms trafficking. Federal investigators and prosecuting attorneys charge gun traffickers with numerous violations compiled together. Criminal lawyers also caution defendants when not hiring the best attorneys as federal sentencing for firearms offenses do not run concurrently but back-to-back (i.e. consecutively). For each subsequent conviction, there is also mandatory federal imprisonment of 25 years.


What is Gun Trafficking

  • Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to traffic weapons
  • Importing
  • Exporting
  • Illegal manufacturing, including assembling an illegal firearm from imported parts
  • Illegal sales and distribution
  • Illegal use
  • Illegal possession – unlawful (no permit), by a juvenile, fugitive, addict, mentally handicapped person, or by a felon
  • Possessing a firearm in a school zone
  • Removing or altering a manufacturer’s serial number on a firearm
  • Fraud done to gain possession of a firearm, such as in fraudulent misrepresentations in paperwork or to get a permit
  • Transfer of firearm to another person with the knowledge that it will be used to commit a violent crime or drug trafficking

There is no doubt when you or a loved one is accused of a gun or weapons offense you need the best criminal and federal lawyers. LibertyBell Law Group’s criminal attorneys are well known for their impressive results in state and federal cases. Our criminal lawyers have criminal law specialists and are fully knowledgeable and experienced in federal laws, courts, and investigations by federal authorities. Our criminal attorneys have insider knowledge from the other side, how they work and process evidence and cases. This gives our federal crimes attorney a complete 360 degree view that’s almost impossible to match.

A weapons offense in a federal court is also likely to be a felony if convicted, because weapons offenses at the federal level are usually in conjunction with another charge involving violence, drug trafficking or other type of narcotics offense. According to Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the use of a firearm with another crime will raise the primary offense to that of “aggravated.”


Gun Trafficking Charges

  • Firearms
  • Machine guns
  • Semi-automatic assault weapons
  • Automatic machineguns
  • Large capacity ammunition feeding devices
  • Sawed-off shotguns
  • Sawed-off rifles
  • Unregistered destructive devices
  • Explosives
  • Silencers
  • Ammunition
  • Particular types of knives
  • Undetectable firearms
  • Any explosive devices intended to kill, injure, or intimidate or actual destruction of property

The mere fact of possessing a gun while a crime was being allegedly committed can add numerous years of prison time to your sentence, especially when not represented by top criminal lawyers that build you a strong defense.

Gun Trafficking Sentence

Possession of drugs or drug trafficking with a weapons offense can increase federal prison time by up to half a century (50 years) which could result in well over a lifetime in prison. When your entire life is on the line, don’t skimp on hiring lawyers; your life is priceless.

LibertyBell Law Group’s federal criminal lawyers know that once convicted and wasting away in prison, it is very difficult to appeal or get post-conviction relief. The major reason is because for most cases new facts or evidence must be presented in order for a judge to even open a file and reconsider a case. The best defense is not made after the trial. The best defense is made during the trial or investigations when criminal lawyers have the best chance in arguing your case, the judge or jury is forced to listen, or federal investigators are persuaded by contradicting evidence and strong arguments presented by reputable LibertyBell Law Group attorneys.

Our attorneys have even seen firearm charges filed even when it was legally purchased and registered if a crime was committed at some point by a defendant. Criminal lawyers know that even if the guns or weapons were not used or present during a crime, such as stored in a defendant’s residence, firearm charges can still be filed. It is also well known among criminal federal lawyers that it is not necessary for a person to be harmed or injured for there to be charges and a conviction with lengthy sentences of time in federal prison. Sentencing trends in federal courts show that.


Of course, our federal criminal lawyers fight for your freedom and work at getting your case dismissed or found not guilty. LibertyBell Law Group criminal attorneys go against the odds and have had much success in getting very light sentencing and federal cases dismissed.

Offenses involving weapons are more common in federal courts than in state courts. Federal sentencing penalties and imprisonment for weapons offenders have increased year by year. Compounding federal sentencing trends is the fact that mandatory minimum sentencing and sentencing enhancements exist. Only federal criminal lawyers, such as the attorneys from LibertyBell Law Group, have the expertise and skill to minimize sentencing below mandatory minimums and argue against enhancements so they don’t add years in federal prison to a penalty.

Even with federal cases that are complex, have witnesses and lots of evidence, our criminal lawyers excel beyond belief and rise to the occasion. Our criminal lawyers combine their brain power, have experts and the top resources to battle and win.

The criminal and federal lawyers from LibertyBell Law Group are not your average lawyers. They are highly sought after because of their winning case results and their exceptional ability in getting cases dismissed. LibertyBell Law Group has received the coveted national “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” award, have been featured in Time Magazineas “Leaders in Criminal Defense,” and have been featured in news, TV, and radio stations across the country.

LibertyBell Law Group’s best federal criminal lawyers work as a team, with their experts, giving you the best defense possible. Get criminal federal defense lawyers who truly care about you and your freedom.

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