Unlawful Possession of a Firearm is the most commonly charged New York weapons offense and it is the one that had taken NFL star Plaxico Burress out of the game for some time.
Burress agreed to a 2 year sentence which he will begin serving after official sentencing on September 22. A former receiver for the New York Giants, Burress certainly isn’t the only professional athlete who has found themselves on the wrong side of the law; he is simply the latest.
It was a Friday night in November 2008 when Burress and some teammates were in the Latin Quarter nightclub. Burress stumbled up some stairs when the loaded weapon discharged and shot him in the thigh. He spent the night in a New York hospital.
Burress said had he known there was a minimum 3 ½ year sentence for carrying a concealed firearm without a license, he would have never done it. His 2 year sentence is likely the arrangement of a plea bargain with the prosecutor.
Although we are guaranteed the right to carry firearms, there are many rules governing this right. In order to carry a weapon like Burress was, you must be licensed and the firearm cannot be loaded.
Many gun crimes are considered felonies and carry potentially lengthy prison terms. In addition to prison time, when convicted of a felony, your rights are forever changed. A felony conviction will follow you forever.
When you own or carry a firearm you must be conscious of the laws of our state. When you are ignorant to the laws, you run the risk of violating them.