One particular type of Violent crimes that an individual can be charged with in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the charge of Possessing an Offensive Weapon. Under this statute an Offensive weapon is defined as a firearm as well as a litany of other types of weapons which many people possess. Possessing a firearm charge This list of weapons includes obvious weapons such as bombs (pipe bombs etc), sawed-off shotguns with a barrel less than 18 inches, metal knuckles, daggers, knifes, razors or cutting instruments, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism, and even tasers.
One fairly serious Violent crime which you can be charged with in the state of Pennsylvania is the charge of Possessing an Instrument of Crime. You can be charged with this crime if the government believes that you possessed an instrument of crime with the intent to employ it criminally. Defenses to Violent Crimes Under the statute, an instrument of crime is defined as: Any item that is specially made or adapted for criminal use (such as wooden stake or an item used for breaking into vehicles) or any item that is used for criminal purposes and possessed under circumstances not obviously appropriate for any lawful uses it may have. (such as someone found to be in possession of a firearm while breaking into a person's home).