Possession of Loaded Firearm

If you have been charged with the Gun / Firearms Crimes of Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, you may also be charged with the additional criminal charge of Possession of a Loaded Firearm, which carries enhanced criminal penalties.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269, Section 10(n), which criminalizes Possession of Loaded Firearm, provides for an additional penalty of up to 2.5 years in jail or House of Corrections, which runs 'from and after' the imposition of the sentence for the underlying offense(s) of Possession of a Firearm.

In order to be convicted of the Gun / Firearms Crime of Possession of a Loaded Firearm, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
  1. That the Defendant possessed a firearm;
  2. That what the Defendant possessed met the legal definition of a firearm;
  3. That the Defendant knew that he possessed a firearm; and
  4. That the firearm was "loaded".
Whether a firearm or gun is "loaded" under Massachusetts law means that the ammunition is contained in the gun or weapon or within a feeding device attached to it.

If you have been charged in Massachusetts with the crime of Possession of a Loaded Firearm or any other Gun / Firearms Crime, it is critical that you immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can explain and best protect your legal rights.

Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis
has extensive experience in defending all Gun / Firearms Crimes, and is available 24/7.  To schedule a Free Consultation to discuss your criminal gun charges, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.