Need a lawyer for a weapons charge in Minneapolis, MN?
According to some studies, it is believed that more than half of the households in America own guns. Even though it is our constitutional right under the Second Amendment to possess a firearm, the state of Minnesota has established additional laws and regulations regarding guns and their use. As a result many lawful gun owners are falsely accused of gun crimes simply by exercising their Second Amendment rights. These crimes are serious offenses and can result in harsh penalties such as jail time, prison time and costly fines.
Here at Grostyan & Associates, PLC, my team has represented 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. Whatever your situation may be, a Minneapolis criminal lawyer from my firm will protect your rights and fight to help you avoid a criminal conviction. Below, you will find a list of the more common weapons crimes that my firm takes on. I invite you to call my firm to learn more about what defense strategies may be effective in fighting your charges.
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 in and around Minneapolis 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, and these crimes are heavily prosecuted in court.
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 are convicted of a weapons offense in the state of Minnesota, there are very serious consequences that you will suffer. A weapons conviction includes penalties such as the loss of constitutional rights (the right to vote) and the right to carry a concealed weapon. Additionally, federal gun laws clearly state that any individual who is convicted for a gun crime that has led to imprisonment of one year or more, has no right to own, accept, sale, ship or transport weapons and ammunitions.
Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony M. Grostyan at 612-341-6575 for free legal advice about your case.