Firearms & Weapons Offenses

Areas of Practice > Firearms & Weapons Offenses

The Second Amendment right to bear arms is not without restrictions. State and federal laws exist regulating the possession and use of firearms.

Certain laws restrict the type of firearms that one may possess, while others place limitations on the time and place where one can carry a weapon. These laws often vary from state-to-state. However, federal laws apply uniformly throughout the country. In Florida, a firearm is any weapon (including a starter gun) that can, or is designed to, or may be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.

Weapons charges are not limited to firearms alone. A weapon may include, but are not limited to:

  • Knife
  • Metal or Brass Knuckles
  • Slingshot
  • Bomb
  • Grenade
  • Rocket
  • Pipe-bomb

Failure to comply with gun or other weapon laws, regulations, or restrictions, may lead to criminal consequences under both state and/or federal law. If you have been charged with a Firearms or Weapons Offense, it is important that you consult with and seek legal representation from an attorney who is familiar with firearms and well-versed in the nuances of firearms law in both Florida and federal jurisdictions. Therefore, if you, or someone you know, is charged with Weapons or Firearm Offense, it is extremely important to get the help from experienced attorneys such as Anthony Bruno & Peter Schoenthal.

Firearms & Weapons Offenses

  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Improper exhibition or discharge of a firearm
  • Federal Firearms violation
  • Airport weapons arrest

Accused of a Firearms & Weapons Offense?

You need a reliable defense lawyer who will stand up for your rights and protect your freedom. At Bruno & Schoenthal, we have the knowledge and experience to fight for you.

Our Approach

At Bruno & Schoenthal, we believe that representing clients begins and ends with total preparation.

We also believe that trial is often your best course of action. By preparing a case for trial from the beginning, you leave no stone unturned. When you approach a case this way you often find facts or defenses that can lead to your charges being dismissed or allow you to have a stronger position when negotiating with the government. If you or your attorney is unprepared, there’s no way you can expect a positive outcome in court. That’s why when we approach a case, our first step is to begin fully preparing for trial so you get a complete representation. Unlike other firms who assign a single lawyer to each client, we work together on every single case and we believe in a client-centered approach. This means you will get the benefit of our combined experience and problem solving skills.

By working together, we can develop strategies and initiatives that will help us be successful in court.


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