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Weapons Offenses in Rockland County

New York Safe Act

In January 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act, which gives New York some of the toughest gun laws in the United States, into law. Magazines that carry more than seven rounds are banned by the new legislation and authorities are now able to run background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of sale and track ammunition purchases in real time. The NY SAFE ACT also requires recertification of pistols every five years and requires background checks for private sales. The legislation also creates stricter regulations for people with reported mental health issues and increased penalties for certain gun crimes. In addition, it eliminates the need for a warrant in the pre-emptive seizure of an individual's firearms with only probable cause.

Types of Weapons Offenses

Weapons offenses occur when an individual violates laws that control deadly weapons, such as firearms, ammunition, silencers, explosives and certain knives. The federal government and the state of New York have regulations, including the NY SAFE ACT, restricting the following acts with weapons:

  • Possession
  • Carrying
  • Use
  • Sales or trafficking
  • Manufacturing
  • Importing
  • Exporting

Seek Assistance from a Rockland County Criminal Defense Attorney

New York State has been toughening gun laws, and it can be hard to stay informed. You should know that you now have to regularly register your guns with the government. If you have been arrested and charged with a weapons violation, however, you may be facing serious penalties. The Rockland County criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz may be able to help defend your freedom and reputation. Having worked as an intern, prosecutor and Senior Assistant District Attorney, I have prosecuted numerous cases and trained other prosecutors. Because I understand the criminal justice system from the inside, I can build a strong defense for you. Contact a Rockland County weapons lawyer today to learn more about your legal options if you have been charged with a weapons offense.

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