Federal Arms Trafficking

Commonly referred to as gun running, arms trafficking involves the smuggling or trafficking of weapons, parts, guns, firearms, ammunition or munitions between states, or countries. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with the assistance of U.S Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actively investigate and prosecute those suspected of illegal arms trafficking. The ATF is known for going undercover to purchase firearms from alleged illegal arms dealers. Those caught can face a multitude of gun-related charges resulting in extensive prison time and hefty fines.

If you suspect that you are under investigation for illegal federal arms trafficking or dealing, reach out to the federal arm trafficking lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm. The ATF will often serve suspected individuals with a notice or have law enforcement take a closer look at the matter. Be sure not to waive your rights or disclose any possibly incriminating information to law enforcement officials.

Even if you have yet to be detained for questioning, do not wait until you are under arrest to acquire legal counsel. Take advantage of a free consultation with a federal arms trafficking lawyer who can provide zealous criminal defense for your federal case.

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Trafficking in 28 grams or more of Cocaine

Recently, The Umansky Law Firm defended a client charged with Trafficking in 28 grams or more of Cocaine as well as unlawful use of a two-way communication device. The sentence was reduced to a minimum mandatory senctence. To view more criminal defense cases, visit The Umansky Law Firm’s verdicts & settlements page.

Federal Gun-Related Crimes

In an effort to assist state and local governments in enforcing firearm laws, federal legislature enacted The Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968. The GCA does not explicitly address arms trafficking, but the federal government often applies either one of two subsections to prosecute suspected offenders: the offense of traveling to another state to purchase a firearm illegally or the offense of operating, owning, or engaging in business that involves the dealing of firearms illegally.

In instances where neither one of the aforementioned subsections is relevant, prosecutors can present numerous other gun-related charges commonly associated with arms trafficking. One of which is straw purchasing. Straw purchasing is when gun buyers use a third party, a “straw purchaser,” to fill out the necessary paperwork to obtain a firearm from a dealer. Law enforcement is aware that felons, minors, and other individuals outlawed from purchasing guns use straw purchasing to evade the federal identification system.

One can also face criminal charges for being in possession of an illegal firearm — one that isn’t registered, illegally altered or restricted for military use. Some examples of illegal firearms include:

  • Firearms with the serial number removed
  • Machine guns
  • Semi-automatic assault weapons
  • Explosives
  • Silencers
  • Undetectable firearms (undetected by metal detectors)
  • Large capacity ammunition feeding devices
  • Sawed-off shotguns
  • Sawed-off rifles

If you are being investigated or prosecuted for arms trafficking, be sure to acquire legal help the moment you become aware.

Experienced Criminal Defense For Federal Arms Trafficking

As mentioned earlier, no federal provision outlaws arms trafficking. Unlicensed “private” sellers are also not required to conduct background checks or maintain a record of purchasers. Knowing their limitations, prosecutors will often try to pile on as many gun-related charges as possible to increase the severity of potential penalties. A federal arms trafficking lawyer with The Umansky Law Firm can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

Attorney Brice Aikens is a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer who specializes and  implements his acquired legal knowledge to the benefit of his clients. Allow him to take a detailed look into the prosecution’s case, double-check for errors, negotiate a reduced sentence, and raise objections when necessary. Don’t wait until it’s too late to secure legal services. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.

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