Weapon Possession Attorneys
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Minnesota has established laws and regulations regarding guns and their use. These crimes are serious offenses and can result in harsh penalties such as jail time, prison time and costly fines. A conviction for a weapon crime can also prohibit you from possessing any type of gun, including the loss of the right carry a gun for hunting purposes.
Sieben & Cotter, PLLC represents clients who are charged with all types of weapons crimes. These crimes can be as simple as failing to purchase the proper permit to carry a firearm to using a firearm in conjunction with another criminal offense such as burglary or drug trafficking.
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.
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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.