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What are the laws against air rifles?

Being charged with a weapons crime can mean hefty fines and penalties, but you may not even realize you are committing a crime in the first place. When it comes to air rifles, the laws are not as well-known and can be confusing to some. Municode.com details the laws concerning air rifles in Ohio and how you can legally use them.

Threat to “shoot up” school is a crime

Hopefully, everyone (or at least most people) know that you cannot threaten to attack a school. Numerous school shooting from Columbine to Sandy Hook have put school administrators and police on edge about the risk of another school shooting. In response, various states have passed laws prohibiting even threats against schools and making them crimes punishable as a felony, even if there were no overt acts or plans to carry out the threat.

The law of gifting guns

There is a lot of popular rhetoric surrounding the legality of guns. You can buy them at stores but must submit to a background check. You can purchase them at trade shows but not in every state. It is enough to make anyone's head dizzy with conflicting information. In this uncertain atmosphere, do you even know if you can buy a gun for someone else? This post will go over the details of that question.

What penalties do you face for robbing a gun store?

Robbery is a complicated crime. It can be charged as a felony or as a misdemeanor. It can turn into burglary, theft when no victim is present, or into robbery, theft when a victim is present. In short, robbery is complicated, this post will go over the nature of robbery and how its charge may affect you.

Chicago has highest shootings in two decades

Chicago passed another milestone last weekend, at 3,029, it has now had more shootings in 2016 than it has since the 1990s. On the good side, at 480, the number of fatal shootings is about half what it was during the same period, in the early 1990s. But those numbers are still significantly higher than other comparable metropolitan cities including New York and Los Angeles. This has raised many questions about the safety of Chicago and where does the city go from here.

Gun crime statistics by states

The Guardian newspaper undertook a major project to study gun crimes in the United States. The Guardian relied on data collected by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reports. The crime database is incomplete because not all states collect data on gun crimes, specifically Alabama and Florida regarding gun murders.

How do Chicago's gun law compare nationally?

It is a relatively common line that not only does Chicago have the strictest gun laws in the country but that they are woefully ineffective at preventing gun deaths. But it appears those are merely popular misconceptions. Chicago's gun laws are no more restrictive than other comparable major cities, i.e. Los Angeles and New York. Moreover, police contend that gang members face far more severe consequences from their gang for losing a weapon than they do by the Chicago court system.

Illinois imposes sentencing enhancements if a weapon is used

In 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a weapons enhancement was unenforceable because it imposed a harsher penalty than a second, corresponding law in violation of the state constitution proportionality clause. An enhancement is a secondary sentence that the judge can impose on a convicted defendant. Often enhancements can greatly increase the time a particular person spends behind bars.

Explosive weapons can lead to serious charges

The federal government defines a weapon of mass destruction as any incendiary, explosive or poison gas. This covers a wide range of weapons from homemade bombs, like pipe bombs, to military weapons like rockets. It includes weapons that are designed or intended to cause serious injury, even if they aren't used in that manner. This article will elaborate on these charges and how they could affect you.

Using a weapon can result in enhanced punishments

Using weapons during the commission of a crime can result in enhanced sentences. This enhancement is typically referred to as "aggravated." So it could become "aggravated assault" or "aggravated robbery." When a crime is aggravated, it means that you face stiffer penalties should you be found guilty. You may also face additional charges if the weapon you are using is not registered or is not legal. This article will go over how a charge can be "aggravated" and what that means for you.

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