Types of Weapons Crimes
Weapons crimes can be committed by violating either state or federal firearm laws, and it is important to be up-to-date on the changes to these laws and regulations. Some of the most common weapons crimes in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas include:
- Possession of an unregistered gun
- Carrying a weapon without a permit
- Brandishing a firearm
- Possession of a firearm by a minor
- Unlawful sale of a firearm
- Intentional discharge, reckless discharge, or another unlawful use of a weapon
- Illegal transport of weapons
- Loaded firearm in a vehicle
- Illegal possession of assault weapons
- Unlawful possession of a firearm in public
- Terroristic threats involving a weapon
- False statement of gun applications
- Negligent storage of a firearm
One of the most common weapons charges involves the illegal possession of a firearm. According to Minnesota Statute §624.7132, handgun purchasers are required to have a transferee permit or permit to carry unless the seller files a transfer report following a waiting period. Acquiring a gun without the proper permit can result in a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $3,000, or both.
An illegal possession of a handgun by a minor is a felony offense according to Minnesota Statute §624.713, and is punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.
Gun crimes are especially serious when they are committed in conjunction with other criminal acts such as theft crimes, sex crimes, or drug crimes Carrying or using a gun in the commission of another crime will automatically enhance the severity of the crime. An assault accusation can quickly become aggravated assault or even attempted murder when a weapon is involved.
One of the most serious gun crimes involves the possession of a firearm by a felon. According to Minnesota Statute §624.713, when a felon is caught in possession of a firearm after committing a violent crime, he or she will face a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $30,000, or both. Those who have been convicted of other non-violent felonies will face a gross misdemeanor charge for possession of a firearm and potential penalties of up to one year in jail, a fine of $3,000, or both.
Reinstating Your Gun Rights in Minnesota
If you have lost your right to possess a firearm in the state of Minnesota, Tom Sieben knows how to help you get your rights reinstated. It is possible to prove your rehabilitation to the court and receive a full reinstatement of gun rights. Tom has been successful in doing this in the past and would be happy to help you.