Committed to Defending Gun Rights and the Right to Self-Defense
John Freeman regularly defends gun owners charged with crimes related to their possession and use of firearms. He is a National Rifle Association certified instructor and range safety officer, and he belongs to the North American Hunting Club. As an instructor and sportsman, he strongly believes in the right to possess and carry firearms.
John Freeman is a respected Detroit gun lawyer who will work to defend your rights and protect your CPL.
Self-defense Training Courses
Mr. Freeman regularly offers a self-defense seminars covering the law of self-defense and legal aspects of gun ownership and gun use.
He is also a NRA certified instructor for Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Home Firearm Safety. He is also a NRA certified Range Safety Officer. Successful completion of either Basic Pistol or Personal Protection in the Home enables otherwise qualified persons to apply for a concealed pistol license in Michigan.
FFLs and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) regulates the sale and transfer of firearms by licensed gun dealers (FFLs) with complex and technical rules and regulations. Violations of these rules can lead to a variety of sanctions, including the inability to legally sell firearms, and even criminal charges. Mr. Freeman represents Federal Firearms Licensees in administrative and criminal matters with ATF and other law enforcement agencies. He also acts as a liaison between FFL clients and ATF during regular ATF audits.
Common Michigan Gun Charges
Understanding Michigan’s firearm regulations is critical, particularly in the Detroit area where these laws can be complex and extensive. Let’s highlight some key charges that could result in serious consequences:
Carrying Concealed Weapons
Concealing a pistol on your body or in your vehicle without a carry license is a felony in Michigan. Such a conviction could lead to a significant prison sentence.
Illegal Possession of a Firearm
Owning certain firearms, firearm modifications, or ammunition is a felony offense. If convicted, the repercussions could include a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines.
Felons in Possession of Firearms
Those with felony convictions are prohibited from possessing firearms unless they’ve fulfilled all requirements to restore their rights. If caught illegally possessing a firearm, they could face additional felony charges, which might result in further prison time and substantial fines.
Wayne County has specific criteria for legal gun ownership. Residents must have lived in the state for six months, completed a pistol safety training course, and have no felony convictions or mental illness. Furthermore, they should not be subject to a personal protection order or have had misdemeanor convictions in the last three years.
Despite legal gun ownership, carrying a firearm in these locations is prohibited:
- Educational institutions like schools, colleges, and daycare centers
- Places of worship, barring special permissions
- Federal establishments, including post offices
In short, understanding Michigan’s gun laws is a must for anyone owning or intending to own a firearm. These laws have profound real-world implications and navigating them effectively is crucial to avoid potential legal pitfalls. A gun and criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate your current situation.
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