What You Need to Know about Gun Laws in Minnesota

With an increasing number of states enacting new gun laws, such as conceal-and-carry laws, many people are wondering about status of Minnesota gun laws. Minnesota is one of just a few states without a constitutional provision regarding gun ownership, and because it does not permit conceal-and-carry, permits are required to openly carrying a firearm.

To obtain a permit, an applicant must successfully complete a firearms safety course within one year of their permit application for a permit, undergo a criminal background check, and pay the applicable fee. While permits may be issued to a qualified applicant after a seven day waiting period, there are various reasons why an applicant may be deemed unqualified for a firearm permit, including (among others) the following:

  • The applicant is under the age of 21
  • The applicant is prohibited from possessing guns by federal law
  • The applicant has been convicted of a felony
  • The applicant is listed in the state’s criminal gang investigation system
  • The applicant has been convicted of assaulting a family member within three years
  • The applicant has been convicted of a drug-related misdemeanor

In Minnesota, a person generally has the right to carry a gun or pistol in a public place if he or she has a “permit to carry” license. There are some exceptions to this rule, however, such as when the public place explicitly prohibits weapons and guns. Moreover, in some counties, including Hennepin County, churches have the right to ban weapons and firearms. Firearms are also prohibited, with or without a permit, in the following places in Minnesota: schools, daycares, correctional facilities or jails, courthouses, state buildings, federal facilities, and private establishments that have posted signs banning guns on their premises.

Contact a Minnesota Gun Charge Defense Lawyer

Although some states are enacting new regarding gun possession, weapons charges continue to be fairly common in Minnesota in light of its strict firearm restrictions and regulations on gun ownership rights. Just because gun charges are common, that does not mean that the charges are appropriate, however. In fact, in many cases, a person may be wrongly accused of a gun crime simply by exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

If you are facing a Minnesota weapons charge, the criminal defense lawyers at Keller Law Office are here to help. We have the experience you need to defend you against the charges, protect your legal rights, and minimize the potential penalties. As a former prosecutor, Minnesota criminal defense lawyer Max. A Keller has experience on both sides of the fence and has handled thousands of criminal cases throughout Minnesota, making him well equipped to handle the interplay between a gun crime and other criminal charges. We represent clients throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul who have been charged with a variety of weapons charges in Minnesota.

Contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys at (952) 913-1421 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers.

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

Years of Experience: Approx. 20 years
Minnesota Registration Status: Active
Bar & Court Admissions: State of Minnesota Minnesota State Court Minnesota Federal Court 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals State of Maryland

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Confidential informants may provide integral information to help build criminal investigations, but how reliable is that information when they are receiving payment for their services? To protect them, state law requires the identity of informants be kept confidential. For those facing criminal charges, however, this creates challenges in questioning the accuracy and validity of the information given at trial.
Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.