Illegal gun possession has been an issue that has come up more than once in Georgia, and it is a significant enough problem that the Peyton Anderson Foundation has decided to work with the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Georgia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office on a public service announcement to help show the consequences. Many times, it’s teens and young adults who find themselves in illegal possession of weapons, and they may not understand the penalties that they could face if they were caught.
Under federal law, many types of gun crimes can result in lengthy prison sentences. For example, if you are a prohibited person, then possessing or receiving a firearm or ammunition can lead to up to 10 years imprisonment or a minimum of 15 years imprisonment if you have three or more prior convictions for felony crimes.
Giving a weapon to someone who is prohibited from possessing a weapon can also lead to 10 years imprisonment or more, depending on the elements of the case. Simply having a weapon in a school zone is punished with up to five years of imprisonment.
Teens and those under 18 should know that they are not legally allowed to possess a handgun or handgun-only ammunition unless they fall into an exception, such as when they have the written permission of a parent. Possessing these items illegally can lead to up to five years in prison.