Balancing Public Safety and Constitutionality
Gun crimes are a controversial topic due to the intersection of constitutionality and public safety. In general there are two broad categories of gun crimes: improper possession of a gun, and commission of a crime with a gun.
Possession of a firearm is not innately criminal. According to the 2nd amendment, citizens may possess a firearm. However, there are some limitations on the constitutional rights of the individual. In every state, there are requirements and rules placed on the permits that allow individuals to lawfully possess guns. Possession of a firearm without the proper permits and registration can be criminal.
Additionally, the circumstances of an individual can cause issues with whether they may possess a firearm. In most states, being convicted of a felony makes it illegal to possess a firearm under any circumstances.
Using a Gun in the Commission of Criminal Acts
In addition to crimes associated with the possession of a firearm, there are also crimes that can be committed through the use of guns. Typically the use of a firearm will enhance the severity of the charges filed against an individual. For example, if an individual is charged with an assault, and that individual used or possessed a firearm during the altercation, the charges may be enhanced to assault with a deadly weapon.
In addition to enhancing crimes, there are a number of mundane crimes that can also be committed with a gun. The obvious examples of crimes that could involve a gun include attempted murder, homicide, and armed robbery.
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