Listen as Attorney Richard C. McConathy discusses defending against Firearms charges in Dallas County, Texas.
Firearms defense attorney in Dallas, TX
The state of Texas has a long history of second amendment rights, the right to bear arms. It goes back in our history. I’m a guy owner myself, I’m a hunter myself. I respect, and I believe in the right to bear arms, not only to practice recreationally but to protect your home and your family. But, today, there is going to be some areas of Texas, in particular Dallas, that have taken on a more liberal stance, a more progressive stance, when it comes to the right to bear arms. Even though Texas has currently become an open carry state, they’re going to look for any way charge you with a gun offense, particularly if you’ve been drinking, if they find narcotics on you, if you’re in a school zone, if you’re in a place prohibitive of where the weapons are, or if you’re involved in a crime of violence. Remember it is just like the old west, they don’t want you coming into down having guns on you if you’ve been drinking. And so, when you’re out, even if you have your concealed carry permit, you need to be aware. If you’re charged with any alcohol related drug offense or family violence offense and you have a weapon on you, you’re most likely going to be charged with a UCW. In addition, you have to be aware of any crimes of violence. Especially family violence, you’re going to lose your right to bear arms under the second amendment of the constitution once they get an affirmative finding of family violence under the Brady bill. So, this is a process that can be very tricky and that’s why you need to call an attorney and discuss these things, especially if you’re a proponent of the second amendment and you want to continue to bear those arms. Because if you make that fatal mistake, it’s not like they have erasers on this; its permanent. If you run yourself into this situation, get lawyers who know how to handle this defense.