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Obey New York's gun laws or face firearm charges

Each state in the U.S. has gun laws and some differ from state to state. Guns are often associated with violent crimes, not just in New York, but all across the United States. Each state has its own gun laws that outline strict rules and regulations that must be followed by hunters, gun dealers and gun owners. Here in New York, it is important for gun owners to familiarize themselves with the state's gun laws in order to avoid criminal charges, which range from misdemeanors to felonies.

According to Forbes, which outlined a recent gun registration shift in New York, New Yorkers who own assault weapons, such as an AR-15 or a shotgun -- semiautomatic Remington Model 1100 -- must register their weapons as well as their high-capacity magazines under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. Failure to register assault weapons can result in a firearm charge that is punishable by up to a one-year prison sentence. Some people who own a number of assault weapons have decided to sell their firearms to avoid being tagged as criminals in the eyes of the law.

NYPD officer charged with attempted murder

A New York City police officer has been accused of attempted murder, DUI and assault after he allegedly shot a person in what authorities are calling a random act.

According to a police report, the officer, who has now been suspended, parked his car near an intersection in White Plains. Reportedly, while another vehicle was stopped at the nearby traffic light, the officer came up to the stopped vehicle and fired 14 times into the car. While the driver did not suffer any injuries, the passenger was hit six times. There is no indication that the officer had any relationship with the alleged victim.

18-year-old man faces murder and firearm charges

White Plains residents probably know that New York State has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. In addition to restrictions on the sale and ownership of weapons, New York's criminal law imposes harsh penalties on those convicted of using a gun in the commission of a crime.

Recently, an 18-year-old man was apprehended for allegedly using a firearm to kill a 54-year-old man who was selling used kitchenware in Staten Island. According to authorities, the victim was with a friend when they knocked on the 18-year-old's door, attempting to sell him used pans and pots. The accused told the men that he was not interested in buying anything. According to authorities, the accused then followed the victim and his friend and fired six shots at them with a pistol. The 54-year-old was shot in the right knee and lower back. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The 18-year-old man is now facing murder and firearm charges.

NBA player faces domestic assault charges

Disputes happen in life, especially in a marriage or a relationship. Despite this, some arguments can go much further than a verbal disagreement. A physical altercation could destroy or harm the relationship. Furthermore, this could lead to a criminal charge for a spouse or member of the couple.

New York Knicks fans, as well as sports enthusiasts across the state, are probably familiar with the name James Johnson. The Memphis Grizzlies forward has averaged just over seven points and three rebounds for his team last season. He was also once nicknamed "blood sport" for his aggressive nature on the court, both when on offense and defense. However, Johnson has allegedly carried his aggressive nature off court as his wife has accused him of domestic assault.

Police officer suspected of drunken driving

Drunk driving is strictly prohibited in the United States. Each state has its own unique set of penalties that are imposed on those arrested for drunk driving. New York has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country. Readers should note that anyone, regardless of social status or government affiliation can be arrested for DUI, which is the case of an NYPD officer who was recently charged with DUI after being involved in a minor accident.

Based on the report, the suspected drunk driver, a 53-year-old NYPD homicide detective and 20-plus year veteran of the force, was involved in an accident last Wednesday. Authorities arrested the detective and took him to the nearest police station. The driver then refused a breath test.

Notorious New York school principal faces fraud charges

White-collar crimes often come with particularly severe penalties because they are considered violations of trust, especially when government employees or public officials are involved. These crimes are usually felonies and bring prison time and fines with conviction. One famous - some say infamous - school principal could be facing such a fate after recent allegations of fraud by New York's Department of Education.

Marcella Sills, principal of Public School 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, was fired from her job in February and has now been accused of taking pay while not working, essentially defrauding the department of funds. The principal gained mostly negative publicity for her barebones budget that left her school without books to meet the common core curriculum, no art or gym classes, no special education classes for students with learning disabilities and no nurse's office. The spartan budget led critics to call PS 106 the "School of No."

New York man pleads not guilty in girlfriend's fatal shooting

Some White Plains, New York residents automatically think that a person accused of criminal charges is already guilty of the crime. However, being charged does not equate to guilt. There are instances when a person can be wrongfully accused or was a victim of an unfortunate situation. A 26-year-old man from Cornwall who is facing criminal charges has indicated that he belongs in the latter category.

The charges he faces stemmed from an incident that occurred last summer inside the home the accused man shared with his girlfriend. According to the report, on August 16, 2013, the 30-year-old woman was killed when a handgun fired accidentally. The gun belonged to the man. It was owned legally and was registered. The police added that the shooting happened as the couple was handling the firearm. The man was arraigned and his legal counsel filed a not guilty plea on the man's behalf. He was subsequently released after paying the bail.

New York teacher faces embezzlement allegations

For many residents in White Plains, New York, white collar crimes may sound like inconsequential offenses, but in truth, the punishment for those convicted of such crimes can be quite severe. Embezzlement, fraud, larceny and theft are common offenses under the white collar crime umbrella. Accusations of these crimes often lead to felony charges, which can have more serious consequences compared to other criminal charges.

The advisor to Livingston Manor Central School's class of 2015 has found herself accused of charges of this kind. The 46-year-old special education teacher is facing white collar crime charges after she allegedly embezzled school funds. According to the report, the funds, amounting to over $10,000, were meant for a class trip, yearbooks, the senior class's photographs and gowns and caps for the graduating class.

Music producer accused of domestic violence

Being accused of a crime can be a very serious and even damaging situation. This is especially true for celebrities and public figures. When they face a criminal charge they often also endure a damaged reputation, which could significantly affect their personal and professional life.

Recently music producer, singer and songwriter Terius Nash, who is more popularly known as The-Dream, made headlines for two controversial reasons. The first is his newly released song, which capitalizes on the banning of Donald Sterling from the NBA because of racist remarks. The second controversy is a domestic violence complaint lodged by the producer's ex-girlfriend.

New Yorker once lauded as hero charged with selling drugs

Drug-related charges can severely alter the life of a White Plains, New York, resident. They can also affect people's perception of an accused person. An ordinary citizen can be perceived as a criminal. A New York man, who once received praise for defending himself against muggers, is now facing this blemish to his reputation because of drug charges.

In 1984, Bernard Goetz made national news when he defended himself on a subway train in New York. The now 66-year-old was charged with attempted murder for that incident, in which he shot four young men who he claimed had tried to mug him. Goetz was acquitted of the attempted murder charge but was unable to escape a weapons charge conviction. Nonetheless, he was touted by many as a symbol of self-defense and even immortalized in a pop song.

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