Have You Been Charged with Conveying a Firearm to a Non-Buyer or Providing a Firearm to a Felon in Georgia?
Georgia has a myriad of laws relating to the possession or sale of firearms. The penalties range from misdemeanor charges to felony charges with lengthy prison terms and extensive fines. It is critical to understand Georgia's weapon laws and where to turn if you find yourself arrested. If you or a loved one has been arrested for selling a firearm to a felon in Georgia, contact us now. Our team has more than 50 combined years of criminal defense experience.
Soliciting a Dealer to Convey a Firearm to an Individual Who is Not the Actual Buyer
According to O.C.G.A. § 16-11-113(a), it is unlawful for any person to knowingly attempt to solicit, persuade, encourage, or entice a dealer to convey a firearm to someone:
- Who is not the actual buyer;
- Who is on probation as a felony first offender;
- Who is on probation and sentenced for a felony; or
- To an individual who has been convicted of a felony in Georgia or by any other state.
Anyone who solicits the dealer to convey a firearm to someone other than the buyer in Georgia or willfully and intentionally aids or abets such person will be guilty of a felony. After conviction, the punishment will be a prison term between one and five years. However, for a second or subsequent conviction, the prison term will be increased to between five and ten years.
Providing a Firearm to a Felon in Georgia
In addition to soliciting a dealer to convey a firearm to a felony, Georgia makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally provide a firearm to a felon or someone who is on probation as a felony first offender. O.C.G.A. § 16-11-113(b)
Any person who knowingly or intentionally provides a firearm to a felon in Georgia will be guilty of a felony. The punishment will be a prison term between one and five years. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, the prison term will be increased to between five and ten years.
Georgia Defenses to Providing a Firearm to a Felon
There are always Georgia Criminal Defenses we can use to defend your case. No matter your situation, we will carefully examine the evidence to see how we can help.
One defense laid out in the statute states that individuals are not required to affirmatively confirm that the person is not a felony first offender or someone who has been convicted of a felony. However, if the dealer or individual knows that the person is a felon, then a crime has been convicted. Therefore, if you did not have knowledge that the person was a felon, then you have a defense given to you the statute. O.C.G.A. § 16-11-113(b)(2)
The best defenses start by calling our office immediately. The faster you call us after an arrest, the better it is for you. It gives us time to interview witnesses while the incident is fresh in their heads and allows us time to request police records. However, even if your court date is tomorrow, we can still help you! No matter your situation, we are here to protect your rights!
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If you have been charged with violating Georgia's gun laws, call our experienced weapons lawyers in Georgia today. We promise to defend your legal rights and vigorously advocate for your rights! We will work to get the charges against you reduced, or your case dismissed. We have been representing clients for over 25 years in Georgia. Call now for a free no-obligation case evaluation.