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Exceptions to Prohibited Weapons

In New Hampshire, like everywhere in the United States, firearms are a hot topic. Some people are huge Second Amendment advocates. Others want to limit who can get firearms and the kinds of weapons that are available to be legally purchased.

If you have been arrested on a gun charge, you should immediately contact criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone. He will make sure that your case gets the attention it deserves.

The state’s gun laws are contained in RSA 159, which covers almost every imaginable charge, from who can carry without a license to records of gun sales.

There are exceptions. And it’s important for you to know that and to hire a lawyer who is well-versed in the state’s criminal code.

What Are Exceptions?

There are exceptions in the statutes that allow certain people to use prohibited weapons.

Here is one such exception involving pistols and revolvers, from RSA 159:5

The provisions of RSA 159:3 and 4 shall not apply to marshals, sheriffs, policemen or other duly appointed peace and other law enforcement officers, or bailiffs and court officers responsible for court security; nor to the regular and ordinary transportation of pistols or revolvers as merchandise, nor to members of the armed services of the United States when on duty; nor to the national guard when on duty; nor to organizations by law authorized to purchase or receive such weapons; nor to duly authorized military or civil organizations when parading, or the members thereof when at, or going to or from, their customary places of assembly.

There are other exceptions in the gun laws. Here is another one, found in RSA 159:17:

The provisions of the preceding section shall not apply to officers of the law, to persons holding hunting or fishing licenses when lawfully engaged in hunting or fishing, to employees of express companies while on duty, to watchmen while on duty, to emergency medical technicians, firefighters, or military personnel while in the course of their duties, or to duly authorized military or civic organizations when parading, or to the members thereof when at, or going to or from, their customary places of assembly.

This case applies to a number of people who work in various jobs, so make sure you are familiar with the state’s laws on carrying or possessing firearms.

If you are charged and fit into one of these categories, you should immediately talk to Michael Anzalone. At The Anzalone Law firm, we make our clients a top priority.

Our legal associates will listen to your case and make the kinds of recommendations that we believe will get the best possible outcome in court. We encourage you to become very familiar with the laws and want you to take part in your case. We work with you and are with you step-by-step as you go through the judicial process.

Being arrested can throw you into a tailspin and bring much embarrassment to you and your family.

Give us a call today at 602-548-3797 for a free consultation with Michael Anzalone.

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