Police in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, are accusing a local man of a range of charges, including possession of a stolen gun, after the man was arrested on Feb. 1. Authorities claim the man used the gun to threaten a group of people travelling in a car on Interstate 81 the morning of the arrest.
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 16-year-old male is being charged as an adult after allegedly participating in a gunfight that caused a 14-year-old's death on Dec. 19. The suspect, who was being held in Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 bail as of Dec. 21, faces charges of aggravated assault, as well as weapons charges. Another suspect, 21, was also charged with illegal possession of a weapon but is not believed to have participated in the shootings.
Gun laws vary widely from state to state. What may be considered a felony in one state may be treated as a misdemeanor in another. The story of an Oakland Raiders football player who was recently arrested after allegedly firing a gun near another man's head provides an interesting example of this phenomenon.
Several Black Friday sales across the country sparked violent incidents on Nov. 25, including a mass pepper spraying and a pair of shootings. These episodes sound shocking, but at least one expert is not surprised, given the pressure advertisers put on people to "win" the shopper's paradise of sales that takes place the day after Thanksgiving.
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.
Police in Indiana Township, Pennsylvania are claiming that a local man threatened to shoot them as the officers were holding his mother at the police station. The man was arrested and charged with 16 counts related to the incident, including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. It does not appear that the man had a gun at the scene.
New crime statistics from the federal government show that the number of gun crimes in Pittsburgh dropped in 2010. The drop was part of an overall sharp reduction in crime in the city, which mirrored a lower number of theft and violent crimes in the United States.
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.
Last year, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act with the intent of reducing the sentencing disparity between crimes involving crack cocaine and crimes involving powder cocaine. In practice, this law reduced the sentences defendants face for crack crimes. However, the law left some open questions about how the law should be applied to people who were charged with federal drug crimes before the changes went into effect, but were sentenced after the changes went into effect.