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Federal Laws and BB Guns

BB guns are a type of air gun used to shoot at projectile objects.

The reason it’s called “BB” is because there is a ball bearing, also referred to as a “bullet ball” that is shot out of it. Generally, the bullet is a round pellet similar in size to a shotgun shell.

Although the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution discusses the right to bear arms, there are specific laws pertaining to BB guns. It is actually illegal for certain people to sell, own or use this weapon. If you or someone you know has been arrested because of illegal use of a BB gun, it’s wise to enlist the help of a bail bonds company immediately. It will ensure that you get released from jail sooner and that you don’t have to come up with all the money yourself.

Federal BB Gun Laws

There are federal laws in place that involve BB guns, their usage, possession and the selling of the guns. Anyone who has been convicted of certain crimes or who fall under certain categories can face very serious penalties under the Brady Act if they have, use or sell a BB gun. You can face serious criminal penalties if any of the following examples pertains to you:

• If you were convicted of a crime that resulted in being put in prison for over one year
• If you are a fugitive from justice
• If you are addicted to a controlled substance and use it illegally
• If you have been deemed a mental defective in court or were committed to a mental institution
• If you are an illegal alien living unlawfully in the United States
• If you have received a dishonorable discharge from the armed forces
• If you renounced your US citizenship but are a US citizen
• If you have a restraining order against you that involves your intimate partner or their child/children
• If you were convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense

It’s important to contact an attorney to determine whether you can buy, own, use or sell a BB gun if you fall under any of those categories.

State BB Gun Laws

Each state has its own set of laws regarding BB guns. Some states have restrictions on them and others have only a few or none at all. Two states in particular that have a comprehensive set of laws on BB guns are California and Massachusetts. In California, it is illegal to sell, loan or transfer a BB gun to a minor. In Massachusetts, it’s illegal for minors under the age of 18 to possess BB gun or air gun in public areas unless: there is an adult accompanying them; they have a hunting or sporting license on their person; or they have a permit from the chief of police in their town.

In Massachusetts, it’s considered a misdemeanor to violate the BB gun law. A misdemeanor offense can see the individual receiving a fine of up to $100, confiscation of the BB gun and even possible destruction of the weapon by state police.

In Michigan, it is illegal to buy a BB gun unless you have a permit. BB guns are subject to the same license requirements as firearms.

In many states, it’s illegal to carry a BB gun openly in public. Individuals who travel with their BB guns from their home state to other states may not be given the “right to carry” privileges that they once enjoyed in their home state.

Your Legal Rights Pertaining to BB Guns

If you use a BB gun and someone is injured or property is damaged, you can face criminal charges and a civil lawsuit by anyone who is injured. Additionally, you should immediately contact an attorney if you are charged with illegally selling, using, loaning or transferring a BB gun.

It’s important to know your rights and the law regarding BB guns in your state and the United States as a whole. Seek legal help if you are charged with a crime regarding a BB gun or if you have been injured as a result of someone using the weapon.

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