The Legal Dangers Of Gun Mods
A large part of the firearms industry is made up of gun accessories, such as concealed carry holsters, range bags, special ammunition, clothing, speed loaders, etc. And then there are modifications to the guns themselves. Popular mods include lightening trigger pull, laser addons, and other types of sights, polishing feed ramps, adding folding stocks and pistol grips, high-capacity magazines, and more.
Many gun owners might say they just want improved accuracy, a CCW that’s lighter and more compact, more comfortable to shoot, and well, just because it’s cool. What some people fail to t
You’ll Be Under Intense Scrutiny
If you ever have to use your weapon in self-defense, you’ll immediately be under intense scrutiny. Your weapon will be held as evidence, and be rigorously examined. It’ll be dusted for fingerprints and tested for DNA, and taken apart to examine its functionality and whether it differs from factory specs. Any modifications will be included in the crime lab report, as well as the ammunition used.
It would be great if prosecutors were simply interested in seeing justice and would decline to press charges in a clearly justifiable shooting. But the reality is that many are ambitious and try to rack up as many convictions as possible. Many prosecutors are anti-gun.
Jury members, especially in urban areas, often know very little about guns except what they’ve seen on TV and in the movies, and of course what they see in the MSM. If a prosecutor thinks they can convince a jury that your gun modifications prove that you were negligent or reckless, or that you’re just a trigger-happy killer looking for a fight, they will, and that might lead to you being convicted of manslaughter or, in extreme cases, murder.
For instance, if you’ve had the trigger pull modified, even if you’re testifying that you pulled the trigger intentionally, it can be turned around against you. A prosecutor could argue that you’re not being truthful, that because of your non-standard lightened trigger pull you accidentally discharged your weapon, possibly leaving you open to a charge of negligent homicide. It does happen. This Is even more likely in a civil suit where the stakes and the standards of evidence are less.
This isn’t to argue that you shouldn’t make modifications to your concealed carry weapon. Your safety is the first and foremost concern. Just be aware that they can be used against you, and be prepared to put up a good legal defense.