Weapons Charges


The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, “[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” If you are facing a weapons charge, The Watt Law Firm is here to defend you.

Weapons Charges

Weapons charges are regularly prosecuted in Kansas and Missouri courts. They can be brought as the one and only charge against a person, however often prosecutors will attach weapons charges to other crimes. The reason may sometimes be legitimate, but there’s always a chance the prosecutor is trying to stack the deck to force a plea down the road.

The Constitution protects your right to keep and bear arms, and it also protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. You may be facing a weapons charge based on an unlawful search. The charge may have also been brought based on an unjustifiable connection between you and the weapon. Convictions for weapons violations most often result in jail time, fines, and forfeiture of your constitutionally protected ownership of firearms. Make sure you hire an experienced attorney who knows exactly how to defend your interests.

Greg Watt often represents individuals charged with weapons violations. With years of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, Greg can objectively and effectively review your case for any and all discrepancies. Do not let your rights be infringed. Contact The Watt Law Firm here immediately to ensure you have the best and most reliable protection!

Law and Consequences in Kansas

The following are some of the most-often charged, weapons violations in the State of Kansas:

Criminal Use of Weapons involves three general types of acts:

  1. Possession, manufacture, or modification of weapons that are illegal in the State of Kansas;
  2. Possession of a firearm by, or transferring a firearm to a person not capable of properly handling it; or
  3. Possession of a firearm on school grounds.

A conviction for “Criminal Use” ranges anywhere from a class B misdemeanor (up to 6 months’ imprisonment) to a Severity Level 8, nonperson felony (minimum 9 months’ imprisonment).

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6301 & 21-6602)

Criminal Carrying of a Weapon is knowingly carrying 1) any weapon that is illegal in the State of Kansas or 2) any concealed weapon or firearm. This is a class A nonperson misdemeanor, which carries with is up to 1 year imprisonment. If the weapon is a short-barrel shotgun or an automatic firearm, the crime is a Severity Level 9, nonperson felony (minimum 7 months imprisonment).

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6302 & 21-6602)

Criminal Discharge of a Firearm means firing a gun at a building or vehicle, or while on public property. Depending on the circumstances (i.e. if people were nearby), this can range from a class C misdemeanor (up to one month imprisonment) to a Severity Level 3, person felony (minimum of 89 months imprisonment).

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6308, 21-6308a, & 21-6602)

Finally, it is a crime for a person to be in possession of a firearm if he or she has previously been convicted of a person felony (Severity Level 8, nonperson felony: minimum 9 months’ imprisonment) or if under the influence (class A nonperson misdemeanor: up to one year in jail).

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6304, 21-6332, & 21-6602)

If you’re facing a weapons charge in Kansas, you need the best defense attorney you can find. Contact The Watt Law Firm here now to schedule a free consultation!

Law and Consequences in Missouri

Missouri’s statutes identify a wide variety of acts for which a person can be found guilty of unlawful use or possession of weapons:

Class B felony (5-15 years imprisonment)

  • Firing a gun from a vehicle, or at a person, vehicle, or building
    (Class A felony if someone is injured or killed: 10-30 years or life imprisonment)

Class C felony

  • Possession of a firearm by a felon or fugitive

Class D felony

  • Carrying a concealed weapon (firearms, knives, etc.)
  • Setting a gun trap (“spring gun”)
  • Shooting into a home or vehicle
  • Brandishing any weapon to one or more people
  • Possession of both a firearm and a controlled substance (if the amount possessed is felonious)

Class A misdemeanor

  • Handling a firearm while intoxicated
  • Carrying a gun into a school, school bus, or any other place sponsoring school activities
    (If the gun is loaded during these acts, it is a class D felony.)

Class B misdemeanor (Firing a gun within 100 yards of a school, court, or church)

  • Firing a gun across a public road
  • Carrying any weapon into a church, election precinct, or government building (See generally Missouri Revised Statutes, Title XXXVIII, Chapter 571)

If you are facing a weapons charge, don’t delay, be proactive, and contact The Watt Law Firm here today.

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