The Lautenberg Amendment, officially known as the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, is a law the US Congress passed in 1996 that makes it a crime for a person to own, transport, or use guns or ammunition after being convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime.
The amendment does specify that the underlying offense must include use, or attempted use, of physical force, or the threat to use a deadly weapon against the alleged victim.
Bottom line: If you’re convicted of a range of domestic violence offenses in New York, you’ll likely see your Second Amendment rights rescinded. For most people, this may be more of a nuisance than anything else, but for members of law enforcement and the military, it can end a career.
The Lautenberg Amendment is one of many reasons why it’s important to fully understand your options in any domestic violence prosecution, and why working with a great team of lawyers can protect your rights.
Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 and learn how we can help protect your rights, today and in the future.