Waco Gun Charges in McLennan County


Waco Firearm Charges in McLennan County
There are many Texas and federal laws regulating firearms. The purpose of these laws is to ensure citizens possess and operate firearms without endangering the community. The main firearm charges brought in Texas or the federal system include:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Unauthorized Trafficking in Firearms
  • Airport Arrest

If you are charged with any of these firearm offenses in Waco, it is important that you seek assistance right away.

Federal Weapons Crimes in Waco
There are several different weapons and firearms offenses listed under the United States Code. Crimes listed under Unlawful acts in Title 18 U.S. Code § 922 include:

  • Engagement in business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(1) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Shipment or transport of firearm to unlicensed recipient, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(2) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Receipt of firearm from out of state by unlicensed person, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(3) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Interstate transport of certain weapons by unlicensed person, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(4) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Transfer, sale, or transport of weapon by unlicensed person to another unlicensed, out-of-state person, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(5) — Up to five years in prison.
  • False statements in connection with purchase of firearm, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(6) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Manufacture or importation of armor-piercing ammunition, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(7) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale or delivery of armor-piercing ammunition, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(a)(8) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale to juvenile, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(b)(1) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale to person in violation of state law, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(b)(2) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale to out-of-state recipient, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(b)(3) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale of certain prohibited weapons, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(b)(4) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale without proper record-keeping, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(b)(5) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale to prohibited person, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(d) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Delivery of firearm to common carrier without written notice, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(e) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Possession of firearm by prohibited person, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(g) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Shipment or transport of stolen firearm, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(i) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Receipt, possession, concealment, storage, barter, sale, or disposal of stolen firearm, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(j) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Possession, receipt, shipment, or transport of firearm with altered or obliterated serial number, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(k) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Importation or receipt of firearms, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(l) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Falsification of records by licensee, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(m) — Up to one year in prison.
  • Shipment, transport, or receipt of firearm by person under felony indictment, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(n) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Possession of machine gun, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(o) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, or possession of firearms designed to avoid detection, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(p) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Possession or knowing or reckless discharge of firearm in school zone, Title 18 U.S. Code §§ 922(q)(2) and 922(q)(3) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Assembly of shotgun or semiautomatic rifle from imported parts, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(r) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale or transfer of handgun without background check, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(s) — Up to one year in prison.
  • Transfer of firearm without background check, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(t) — Up to one year in prison.
  • Theft of firearms from licensee, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(u) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Possession, transfer, or manufacture of semiautomatic assault weapon, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(v) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Possession or transfer of large capacity ammunition feeding device, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(w) — Up to five years in prison.
  • Sale or transfer of handgun to juvenile, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(x)(1) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Possession of handgun by juvenile, Title 18 U.S. Code § 922(x)(2) — Up to one year in prison.

Offenses listed under Penalties in Title 18 U.S. Code § 924 include:

  • Shipping, transport, or receipt of firearm with intent to commit felony, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(b) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Carrying, using, or possessing firearm in connection with crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(c) — Up to 30 years in prison.
  • Armed Career Criminal Act (convicted person who has three prior convictions for serious drug offenses or violent felonies), Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(e) — Mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
  • Interstate travel to acquire or transfer firearm with intent to commit specified offenses, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(g) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Transfer of firearm knowing it will be used to commit specified offenses, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(h) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Causing death during crime of violence or drug trafficking crime — Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(j) — Punishable by death or life in prison.
  • Smuggling firearm into U.S. with intent to commit specified offenses, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(k) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Theft of firearm, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(l) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Theft of firearm from licensee, Title 18 U.S. Code § 924(m) — Up to 10 years in prison.

Other weapons and firearms crimes listed elsewhere in the U.S. Code include:

  • Crime of violence or drug trafficking crime while in possession of armor-piercing ammunition, Title 18 U.S. Code § 929(a) — Mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.
  • Possession of firearm in federal facility, Title 18 U.S. Code § 930(a) — Up to one year in prison.
  • Failure to register as dealer, manufacturer, or importer, or to pay required tax, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861(a) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Receipt or possession of unregistered firearm, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861(d) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Receipt or possession of firearm with obliterated, removed, or altered serial number, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861 — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Receipt or possession of firearm unidentified by serial number, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861(i) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Transport, delivery, or receipt of unregistered firearm, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861(j) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Receipt or possession of unlawfully imported firearm, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861(k) — Up to 10 years in prison.
  • Knowingly making false entry on application or record, Title 26 U.S. Code § 5861(l) — Up to 10 years in prison.

Waco Gun Crime Attorney
If you were arrested for a weapon or gun crime in Waco, you need an aggressive, experienced gun attorney on your side. Talk to a board-certified criminal defense lawyer before talking to anyone else. Former Waco prosecutor Thomas C. West is board-certified in criminal law and knows how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Call him for a free case evaluation at 254-753-6437.