Possession of Prohibited Weapons

Possession of prohibited weapons can be a misdemeanor or felony offense and can seriously damage your record and your reputation. If you have been charged with possession of prohibited weapons, you should seek help from the Knoxville criminal defense attorneys at the Oberman & Rice Law Firm.

In Tennessee, a person may be convicted of the crime of Possession of Prohibited Weapons if the state prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the person “intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs or sells” any of the following weapons:

  1. An explosive or an explosive weapon (e.g., bomb, grenade, dynamite, C-4, etc.);
  2. A device principally designed, made or adapted for delivering or shooting an explosive weapon;
  3. A machine gun;
  4. A hoax device (e.g., fake bomb);
  5. Knuckles (e.g., “brass knuckles” or “knucks”); or
  6. Any other “implement” for infliction of serious bodily injury or death and that has no common lawful purpose.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1302]

The crime of Possessing Prohibited Weapons should not be confused with the crime of Carrying or Possessing Weapons.

The Penalties

Tennessee law specifies that penalties for a Possession of Prohibited Weapons conviction depend upon the type of weapon that was possessed:

1) Knuckles or any device not specifically mentioned by this statute that is intended to inflict serious bodily injury or death is a Class A Misdemeanor, and may result in some or all of the following penalties:

  1. A sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail;
  2. A probationary period;
  3. A fine of up to $2,500.00; and
  4. Court costs.

2) Other items not included in the list above may be classified as a Felony Possession of Prohibited Weapons Offense.

Why Hire An Attorney Immediately?

It is important to act quickly in order to gather and preserve favorable evidence. Key evidence (faces, dates, events, and conversations) fades from memory over time. Certain witnesses need to be interviewed as soon as possible. Also, video recordings and other evidence may be destroyed. Therefore, it is critical to begin an investigation as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost. Success or failure in any criminal case may be determined in the decisions of the defendant and his or her Tennessee Criminal Attorney in only a few hours or days after an arrest is made.

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you know has recently been arrested, contact the Oberman & Rice Law Firm today so that we can begin preparing a defense for your case. Submit your information for a free case evaluation from our Knoxville criminal defense attorneys or call our office at 865-249-7200.

Featured Posts

October 25, 2022

New Tennessee Crime: Aggravated Reckless Driving

Effective July 1, 2022, the Tennessee Legislature created the new Tennessee Crime of Aggravated Reckless Driving.  A person who “intentionally or knowingly impedes traffic upon a public street, highway, alley, parking lot, or driveway, or on the premises of a […]

Read More
October 07, 2022

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) May Now Be Used to Enhance a Sentence for Tennessee Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Beginning July 1, 2022, a conviction for a Tennessee Boating Under the Influence (BUI) offense may be used to increase the penalties when a person is charged in Tennessee with Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  Prior to July 1, 2022, […]

Read More
September 23, 2022

Ignition Interlock Device (IID) as a Tennessee Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Bond Condition

When charged with a Tennessee Driving Under the Influence or DUI-related offense (including Vehicular Assault by Intoxication, Aggravated Vehicular Assault by Intoxication, Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication, and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide), an offender may be required to operate only a motor […]

Read More



Oberman & Rice
550 Main Street
Suite 730
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone Number
(865) 249-7200
(865) 540-1696 (fax)

GPS Coordinates
Long: 35.970504
Lat: -83.914776

contact us today for a free consultation

We reply to non-urgent after-hours requests for consultation within 24 hours. For after-hour emergencies, please call us at (865) 249-7200.

Fields marked with an * are required