Possession of a Prohibited Weapon

Pennsylvania law places strict limitations on the weapons that an individual can legally possess. Most weapons that are deemed illegal are banned for obvious reasons. However, there are certain weapons that are commonly possessed that are illegal as well.

If you have been found with an illegal weapon in Philadelphia, contact a weapons crimes defense attorney immediately to learn more about your legal options. A conviction is not automatic and an experienced Pennsylvania defense lawyer can help you fight for a cleared name.

Possession of a Prohibited Weapon Lawyer in Philadelphia

The attorneys at Lento Law Firm have represented numerous clients in your situation. If you are facing charges for allegedly possession an illegal weapon, don't panic. Joseph Lento is ready and willing to fight for you. Call us at (215) 535-5353 today to schedule your free consultation with our our office today. We can help guide you through a difficult time.


Information on Prohibited Weapon Charges in Pennsylvania


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State Laws against Prohibited Weapons

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 908 states that an individual can be charged with a criminal offense if he or she distributes, repairs, manufactures, or otherwise possesses or uses a weapon that is considered offensive. 

Individuals of specific professions are exempt from prosecution under this law. Some of these professions include police offers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, liquor control board agents, and individuals who are in the business of legally selling, manufacturing, or repairing such devices.


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What is an Offensive Weapon?

An offensive weapon is a weapon that is prohibited by Pennsylvania law. The following weapons are considered offensive or illegal in Philadelphia:

  • A firearm designed to be concealed or fired silently
  • Machine guns and other automatic firearms
  • A shotgun with a barrel that is less than 18 inches long (sawed-off shotgun)
  • A blade that is exposed in an automatic way (by use of a button, spring, etc.)
  • Dagger or knife
  • Any bomb or grenade
  • Metal knuckles
  • Taser, stun gun, or any other electronic weapon capable of inflicting serious bodily injury

Other weapons that serve no lawful purpose can also be considered offensive. However, if your attorney is able to prove that you were in possession of the weapon for a legitimate or lawful purpose, he may be able to have charges against you dismissed or reduced.


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Penalties for Possessing Prohibited Weapons in Philadelphia

Possession of a prohibited or offensive weapon is usually classified as a first degree misdemeanor. A first degree misdemeanor carries a potential prison sentence of up to five years, along with a possible fine of up to $10,000. The alleged offender can also face enhanced penalties if he or she is accused of using the prohibited weapon to commit another criminal offense.


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Hiring An Attorney After a Philadelphia Weapons Arrest

When your freedom is at risk, working with the right attorney is essential. Joseph Lento of Lento Law Firm understands what is at stake. He will work feverishly to find evidence and develop a case that could preserve your freedom. Call him at (215) 535-5353 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the charges against you.

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