Possession of a Loaded Firearm
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The unlawful possession of a loaded firearm is a crime governed by M.G.L 269 section 10 (n). The unlawful possession of a loaded firearm is a crime that is separate from unlawful possession of a firearm or unlawful possession of a large capacity weapon. If a defendant is convicted for unlawful possession of a loaded firearm they will also be convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Possession of a firearm and possession of a loaded firearm are two separate crimes. As a result a conviction for both crimes will result in separate penalties. After a defendant has served time for a conviction of unlawfully possessing a firearm they then have to serve time for the other crime of unlawfully possessing a loaded firearm. The additional penalty for carrying a loaded firearm will result in a sentence of no more than 2 ½ years in the house of corrections.
In order to prove unlawful possession of loaded firearm and get a conviction the prosecutor needs to prove the following:
- The defendant possessed a firearm;
- The firearm met the legal definition of a firearm;
- The knew he was in possession of the firearm;
- The firearm was loaded.
A firearm is pistol, revolver, or other weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, which has a barrel length of less than 16 inches from which a shot or bullet can be discharged.
In Massachusetts, a firearm is considered loaded when ammunition is contained in the weapon or within a feeding device (magazine or clip) attached to the weapon.
A charge for possession of a loaded firearm is a serious crime in Massachusetts that carries serious penalties. If you have been charged of this crime or any other weapons related charges call our firearms attorney today and ensure that your rights are being protected.
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