Reckless Handling of a Firearm Charge

RecklessHandlingFirearmVirginiaReckless handling of a firearm can be charged for any act where there is endangerment of life, limb or property.  In Virginia, a person can be charged with the criminal offense of reckless handling of a firearm even if no injuries have occurred. Someone can be charged with reckless handling of a firearm in Virginia who is cleaning their gun not knowing it’s loaded and it fires into the wall; or if someone shoots a shotgun into the air to ward off would-be intruders.

In Virginia, reckless handling of a firearm is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense which is punishable be a fine and up to a year in jail. If the charge is committed while hunting, the person may lose their privilege to hunt with a firearm for up to 5 years.

If you or someone in your family has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm, contact our criminal defense lawyers today for help. (757) 422-4646.