Weapons. State laws typically list a variety of firearms or other types of weapons that are prohibited. Though these laws differ, the types of prohibited weapons tend to be very similar. State laws typically prohibit citizens from possessing explosives, gas guns, switchblade knives, exploding projectiles, and brass knuckles, as well as any weapon prohibited under federal law such as short-barreled shotguns or firearms with silencers.
Possession. Whenever you carry a weapon on you, have one in your home, or carry one in your vehicle, this is usually considered possessing a weapon. It isn't necessary for you to actually have it in your hand or in your pocket, or otherwise carry it with you. To show possession, a prosecutor must show that you had control or domain over the prohibited weapon.
Fines. A misdemeanor conviction for possessing a prohibited weapon often brings with it a fine as its primary penalty. The amount of the fine can vary widely, though felony fines are much higher than misdemeanor fines. A misdemeanor conviction might bring with it a fine of up to $1,000, while felony convictions can have fines of $10,000 or more.
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