San Diego Gun Charges and Allegations

Gun charges and allegations are prosecuted vigorously in San Diego County. In addition, a prosecutor has the discretion to decide what charge to file, and whether to charge a felony or misdemeanor. State and federal gun charges and allegations are rather complex matters, and it’s imperative to have a knowledgeable defense criminal lawyer on your side when you’re facing a gun charge.

Many Types of Gun Offenses

A wide variety of gun charges are outlined in California statutes, and every case has its own unique set of circumstances. Prosecutors often go with the highest charge that the circumstances will support, but they will also try to ensure that their case is strong.

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Possible gun charges include:

  • carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle or concealed on your person
  • possession of a firearm by an ex-felon
  • unlawful sale of a firearm
  • use of a firearm in the commission of a crime

Other Weapon and Gun Allegations

In addition to gun charges, it’s possible to be charged with a misdemeanor or felony for possessing any of the following in California:

  • any bullet containing an explosive agent
  • armor-piercing bullets
  • assault weapons (e.g., machine guns and other automatic rifles such as the AK-47 and M-16)
  • ballistic knife
  • belt buckle knife
  • cane gun
  • a “dirk” or “dagger” (defined as any sharp instrument with a certain blade length)
  • flamethrowers
  • hand grenade
  • Kubotan (a type of key chain used for self-defense)
  • a large-capacity magazine for an automatic weapon
  • lipstick knife
  • metal or hard plastic knuckles
  • multi-burst trigger activator
  • nunchucks
  • pen knife
  • short-barreled or sawed-off shotgun or rifle
  • shuriken (also know as the “ninja throwing star”)
  • silencers for any firearm
  • wallet gun
  • zip gun (a homemade gun)

Consult Anna R. Yum Regarding Gun Charges and Allegations

If you’ve been arrested for or charged with a gun charge or you’re being investigated on a weapons allegation, contact Anna R. Yum, a San Diego criminal lawyer, today for highly experienced, aggressive legal representation.