Skip to Content
State and Federal Criminal Defense Representation
Trusted Defense For Complex Criminal Cases Weapons Offenses

Weapons Offenses Lawyer in Orange County Defending You in Court

Attorney Diane C. Bass is a zealous advocate who fights aggressively in court for all her clients. Especially when the matter at hand relates to your constitutional rights, Attorney Bass will do her best to develop a strong and tenacious defense to protect your rights in the face of weapons charges at the federal or state level.

What Are the Federal Firearms Laws?

Federal firearms laws severely penalize weapon use by a violent offender or drug trafficker. More specifically, possession of firearms by convicted felons or drug users can warrant punishments of up to 10 years of imprisonment. If such possession occurs after the person is convicted of three violent felonies or serious drug trafficking offenses, the violator must serve at least 15 years in prison.

Be aware that charges can be filed whenever a firearm is used or carried during the course of a violent or drug trafficking crime. For example, if an offender, while using a firearm, robs two federally insured financial institutions or commercial businesses that affect interstate commerce, they could face 25 years’ imprisonment for firearms offenses in addition to the sentence received for the substantive robbery charges. If the offender robs three such institutions, they could be facing 45 years imprisonment in addition to the robbery penalties.

Additionally, the use of a shotgun or assault weapon adds ten years to a violent crime charge, and the use of an automatic weapon, silencer, or destructive device will add 30 years’ imprisonment to the underlying charges.

Note that the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 also makes it a crime for a juvenile to possess a handgun or handgun ammunition or for anyone to transfer to a juvenile a handgun or handgun ammunition. A juvenile convicted in violation of this statute faces misdemeanor punishment, and adults violating this statute (transferring to a juvenile) also face misdemeanor punishment unless it is proven that they transferred a handgun or ammunition to a juvenile knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the juvenile intended to use it in the commission of a crime of violence, in which case the adult will face felony punishment of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

What Are Firearms Laws?

At the state level, California has certain laws addressing firearms use and unlawful offenses. Gun laws give most adults aged 21 and older the right to buy, own, and possess a gun, and licensed gun dealers cannot do any of the following in relation to a person under the age of 21:

  • sell a gun;
  • supply a gun; or
  • transfer a gun.

It is also illegal to carry a concealed firearm or concealed weapon unless they have a lawful concealed carry permit. Open carry of a loaded or unloaded weapon is illegal.

There are certain weapons banned for possession or distribution, including:

  • short-barreled shotguns and rifles;
  • undetectable firearms; and
  • zip guns.

Note that there are six specific places in California where a person cannot bring a firearm:

  • schools;
  • public buildings and meetings open to the public;
  • government buildings;
  • the Governor’s mansion;
  • airports and passenger vessel terminals; and
  • public transit facilities.

Be aware that some gun laws also apply to armor-piercing bullets, silencers, stun guns, laser scopes, and laser pointers.

There are several crimes in California that involve firearms and may be punished seriously under state or federal weapons laws, such as:

  • inflicting bodily injury while brandishing a gun;
  • “drive-by shootings” under California law;
  • personal use of a firearm in the commission of a felony;
  • offenses under the “10-20-life “use a gun and you’re done” law;
  • criminal street gang participation;
  • commission of a firearm felony while possessing metal-piercing armor or wearing a bullet-proof vest;
  • use of a gun during the commission of sex crimes; and
  • aiding or abetting a felony with a firearm.

In addition, nearly 40 misdemeanors carry a 10-year firearms ban, including crimes of:

  • stalking;
  • battery;
  • brandishing a weapon; and
  • making criminal threats.

A felony conviction and even certain weapons-related misdemeanor convictions can result in a lifetime ban on guns. A person can try to restore their gun rights, and this is most commonly accomplished by getting a “wobbler” felony reduced to a misdemeanor or receiving a pardon from California’s Governor. 

What Are Other Weapons Charges are There?  

Continue Reading Read Less

Contact Attorney Diane C. Bass for Legal Help

If you have been charged with a firearms offense, whether at the federal level or the state level, do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney immediately to discuss your next steps. Attorney Diane C. Bass can take a look at your situation and the nature of your charge to determine your best method of defense in court and how to restore any stripped gun rights.

If you are facing criminal charges in a firearms case or a criminal case involving other weapons in Southern California, it is important that you speak with a criminal defense lawyer. The criminal justice system has strict laws involving the use of a deadly weapon or loaded firearm. Diane C. Bass has an outstanding reputation and is well thought of by clients and fellow federal defense attorneys

To begin forging your criminal defense and confidential attorney-client relationship, schedule your consultation by calling her office at (949) 990-4195.

Continue Reading Read Less

Trusted By Clients

Reviews & Testimonials
    "She will put your anxiety at ease and get you through the tangled system."
    Diane is the perfect mix of gentle understanding and fierce action you’ll need if you find yourself dealing with the OC court system.
    - Angie T.
    "Whatever you’re going through, I’m confident Diane will achieve the best outcome you could hope for."
    My first impression was that she’s very experienced, no-nonsense, knows the law, how the system works, and was very busy as a result. I quickly realized that she exceeded even those first impressions but also cared very much about my story, needs, an
    - Daniel B.
    "From the start of my case, she has been there for me."
    First of all, I would like to thank Diane for everything she has done for me. From the start of my case, she has been there for me. Only very few people were granted bond and she pulled it off in my case. I know for a fact not too many lawyers could have done that. I am on probation for three years.. while “the others” will not have the chance to raise their children and live their lives. I was headed to prison….I am free.. and for that, I am forever grateful.
    - John H.
    "Diane Bass is a phenomenal attorney."
    After meeting with Diane I felt immediate comfort, and I was sold on the fact that I could trust this amazing person with my life. Diane Bass was there for me every step of the way like no other attorney had ever been.
    - Ryan O.
    "She is not afraid to battle for you. With her, you will never be alone."
    Diane is a brilliant attorney. She listens carefully to your problems and clearly advises you with honesty. She was with me from the first day of my case and I have never been disappointed in any way.
    - Maria K.
    "I highly recommend Diane if you are dealing with legal troubles of your own."
    Since this being my first Federal offense, I had no idea what to expect. I was extremely anxious. After talking to Diane, I felt like she was the attorney I needed to help me get through these challenging times. Her professionalism and knowledge of the law
    - Adam P.
    "Diane’s work is second to none."

    Diane’s work is second to none. I was charged with felony DV, and after working with one firm in Irvine that did absolutely nothing, I did some hard research and found Diane. She worked quickly and diligently and got the case dismissed. I absolutely don’t foresee me needing a criminal lawyer down the road, but if I do, it’ll be Diane hands down!

    - Shadic A.
    "Diane is the most professional, thorough attorney I have ever met."
    Her expertise, connections, analysis, and comprehensive review of my situation were more than I could ever ask. I am extremely grateful and couldn't be happier with my choice!
    - Jeff R.

Why Choose Law Office of Diane C. Bass?

  • Top-Rated & Award-Winning Legal Representation
    We consistently deliver results that exceed expectations, earning the trust of clients and accolades from the legal community.
  • 25+ Years of Criminal Defense Legal Experience
    With over 25 years of criminal defense legal experience, we bring a wealth of seasoned insight and a proven track record of success to every case we handle.
  • Extensive Knowledge & Experience With Federal Cases
    With extensive knowledge and experience in federal cases, we offer comprehensive legal strategies tailored to the complexities of each situation.
  • An Outstanding Reputation Amongst Clients & Peers
    Our reputation among clients and peers alike reflects our unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for those we represent.
  • Featured in the Media
    Attorney Bass is frequently featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, LA Times, ESPN, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and more.
  • Track Record of Success
    With a track record of handling some of the most significant cases in the Central District of California, our firm brings unmatched experience to every client's defense.
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Since 2022
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Top 100 Lawyers

    Contact Us for Your Consultation

    Don't Face the Criminal Justice System Alone
    • Please enter your first name.
    • Please enter your last name.
    • Please enter your phone number.
      This isn't a valid phone number.
    • Please enter your email address.
      This isn't a valid email address.
    • Please make a selection.
    • Please enter a message.
    • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy