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The federal laws for unlawful possession or use of explosives are much like those for illegal gun possession and use. Explosives, like other firearms, may only be manufactured, imported, exported, or received by persons licensed to engage in such activity. Also like gun laws, they can carry hefty fines and prison terms that vary from five years to life.
Although explosives are included in the federal definition of firearms, they carry some regulations beyond those listed in 18 U.S.C. §922 and 18 U.S.C. §924. Additional federal explosives law can be found under 18 U.S.C. §842 and 18 U.S.C. §844. The Attorney General of the United States regulates the manufacture, storage, and shipment of explosive materials. Any dealers who learn of a theft or loss of explosives from their inventory must report to the Attorney General within 24 hours of discovery of this theft or loss. Anyone who fails to do so can receive a fine of up to $10,000 or a prison sentence of up to five years.
There are also federal regulations regarding what persons may not possess explosive materials; according to 18 U.S.C. 842(d), those who fall under this law are:
Explosives are highly regulated, so violations of the law can lead to extensive jail time for individuals. Some prison sentences include:
If you’re caught with explosives without having a license for them, make no mistake: you could face serious consequences. You need a smart, diligent Ohio federal weapons lawyer on your side who can answer all your questions and make sure you receive a fair trial. Call the Columbus criminal defense attorneys at Luftman, Heck and Associates at today to set up a free consultation on your case.
If you have been charged with a federal crime, you’re probably wondering what your options are. The Ohio federal criminal defense lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates have years of experience handling these types of cases and winning optimal outcomes for our clients. Call Ohio federal crime lawyer Chase Mallory today for a free consultation. To contact him or another criminal defense attorney, call us at or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.