Possession of Firearm with Altered Number


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Guns without identifying numbers are almost impossible to trace, so the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has strict regulations against owning them. If you are charged with possessing a gun with a serial number that has been altered or removed, you are in violation of Pennsylvania law and you can draw a second degree felony with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.

Possessing a Firearm With An Altered Number

  • In Pennsylvania, no one can possess a firearm that has had the manufacturer’s number integral to the frame or receiver altered, changed, removed or obliterated.
  • Pennsylvania law makes exceptions for antique firearms.

What To Do If You Are Charged

If you are charged with possessing a firearm with an altered number, you will need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney very quickly.

As with most criminal charges, you should not talk to the police or prosecutors without your attorney by your side. What you say can be taken out of context and used against you. If the police question you, tell them you want a lawyer and politely refuse to answer their questions.

What Your Lawyer Can Do

Your attorney will examine the issues in your case, such as:

  • Determining if the gun in question actually had an altered or obliterated serial number.
  • Determining if you fall under the rule’s exception.
  • Determining if the police had probable cause to search you and find the gun in question.

Your lawyer will be looking at every avenue that can help you, so it’s important that you give them all of the information that can support your case.

How A Lawyer Will Help

When you are up against a possession of a firearm with an altered number charge, even before your first hearing you will be facing a determined prosecutor. You need a defense attorney who can clearly explain your options and help you achieve the best outcome for your situation.

Pennsylvania Possession Of A Firearm With An Altered Number Law

Selling or repairing an offensive weapon is described and defined under Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 18 Chapter 61. Read the code here.

Questions? Contact us today.

Based on the evidence, Fienman Defense will try to show that that the charges should be dismissed. Should the case go to trial, we will fight to present the strongest defense possible for your situation.