A 52-year-old man who was shot on Sep. 25 during a fight with a friend of his has been hit with gun charges due to his prior record of robbery convictions, which could put him in prison for the rest of his life. The man pleaded not guilty to gun possession at a federal court hearing on Aug. 21, and denied the government's version of events. Meanwhile, prosecutors dropped charges against the friend due to lack of evidence.
A photograph and video that federal prosecutors say depict an Allegheny County man holding a rifle was the primary evidence used to arrest the man on March 15. FBI agents claim that the suspect is a Taliban sympathizer and potential terrorist, but his attorney said that his client is all talk and that he does not possess a gun.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned the decision of a Pittsburgh judge to dismiss gun charges against a local woman due to what the judge saw as a weak case against her. The appellate court's objection to the dismissal on procedural grounds means that the woman could once again face charges related to an assault rifle police found at her house.
A random encounter between a police officer and a 27-year-old man on the streets of York, Pennsylvania led to the man getting arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm. The man is accused of possession of a stolen gun and of possessing a gun despite having a felony charge on his record.
Pennsylvania law and federal law both prohibit a felon from possessing a firearm. Now, we are seeing a news story indicating that a convicted felon faces Pennsylvania weapons charges even after he voluntarily turned a handgun that he found by the side of a road in to police.
A hunting accident has led to a 10 to 25-year prison sentence for a 49-year-old Pennsylvania man. The accident happened last November when the 49-year-old defendant was hunting with some friends on a plot of land he owned.
The use and possession of firearms are strictly regulated in Pennsylvania and people who are accused of weapons crimes in Pennsylvania can face serious criminal charges. In addition, people accused of weapons crimes can face federal charges as well as state charges.
Recently, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania heard an interesting appeal involving the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The appeal involved a Pennsylvania man's 10-year sentence on theft and firearms charges, and whether the evidence used against him should have been suppressed.
Pennsylvania state and federal laws make it a crime for a person who has previously been convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm. Felon in possession laws are often strictly enforced and this can result in prison time. However, in order for a person to be convicted of this crime, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant actually possessed the firearm. A recently reported gun arrest illustrates this principle.
Last Thursday, an investigation into a poaching incident turned deadly. Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer David Grove was investigating possible poaching activity when he observed a spotlight and a rifle coming out of a pickup truck, which resulted in a traffic stop. According to investigators, the suspect driver of the pickup exited the vehicle and a confrontation began. The suspect and the officer exchanged gun-fire, leaving the suspect wounded in the hip and Officer Grove mortally wounded. He died 45 minutes later.