Minnesota Prohibited Possession of Firearms



Minnesota and federal law prohibits certain individuals from possessing firearms. Prohibited persons may be denied a permit to carry a handgun or permit to purchase a handgun or assault with a weapon, and can face criminal charges if found in possession of a firearm illegally. In Minnesota, a conviction for possession of a firearm by someone previous convicted of a felony crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 60 months in prison.

Reasons for being prohibited from legally possessing a firearm, pistol, or semi-auto military rifles may include:

  • Less than 18 years old (for handguns and assault weapons)
  • Convicted felon (or convicted of a crime in another state punishable by one year and one day or more)
  • Convicted of, or have outstanding charges for a crime of violence
  • Convicted of domestic assault or an assault against a family or household member within in the last three years
  • If you are prohibited from possessing firearms by any court
  • If you are a fugitive of justice
  • If you have ever been committed or found mentally ill or disabled by a court
  • Convicted of misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor drug charge within the last three years
  • If you are a user of illegal drugs
  • If you have been committed to treatment for habitual drug use, or are still in treatment for chemical dependency
  • If you have a renounced your U.S. citizenship
  • If you are illegally in the United States
  • If you have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • If you have been convicted of the following gross misdemeanor chargeswithin the past three years:
    • Committing a crime for the benefit of a gang
    • Assault and Bias motivated assault
    • False imprisonment
    • Neglect or endangerment of a child
    • Fourth degree burglary
    • Setting a spring gun
    • Riot
    • Harassment
    • Stalking

Due to the serious criminal charges and severe punishments for violated gun laws, if you are unsure of your legal status to possess or own a firearm, contact Minnesota 2nd Amendment firearm lawyer Coley Grostyan today at (612) 747-2254.

Coley Grostyan practices in state and federal courts and offers legal representation in the Twin Cities Minneapolis/St. Paul Area, and all across the State of Minnesota, including, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Sherburne County, Wright County, Dakota County, Washington County, Carver County, Scott County, Isanti County, Mille Lacs County, Kanabec County, Pine County, Crow Wing County, and Stearns County.

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