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Practiced Firearm Lawyers in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Four Minneapolis Firearms Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm

Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

How Can Our Firearms Attorneys in Minneapolis Can Help You?

Owning a Firearm

Permit to Carry a Weapon

Permitless Weapon Possession

Gun Trusts

The Constitution gives people the right to keep and bear arms. However, governments, including the state of Minnesota, have substantial leeway when it comes to gun ownership and carrying restrictions. Some of these restrictions are generally accepted and others are hotly contested.

Over the years, a complex web of laws has evolved to regulate gun ownership and carrying. At Gerald Miller P.A., we sort through this confusion, so we can give you accurate legal advice. We do more than advise clients. We also assertively represent them in court when their liberties are threatened.

Owning a Firearm

Most people can own handguns, long guns, like rifles and shotguns, and assault-style weapons. State law imposes no ownership permit requirement, registration requirement, or ammunition purchase limit. Additionally, sales among private parties are not subject to background checks. That usually includes gun show purchases.

A few words about firearms and Minnesota’s self-defense law from our Minneapolis Firearms Weapons Defense Lawyer. Unlike some other jurisdictions, Minnesota is not a stand-your-ground state. Defendants have a duty to retreat before using deadly force, even if that use of force is justified. Additionally, defendants must reasonably believe that deadly force is reasonably necessary to defend themselves, third person, or their property.

Permit to Carry a Weapon

Minnesota is a shall-issue state. If an applicant meets the minimum qualifications, authorities must issue a permit to carry a weapon. Officials cannot subjectively deny permits. However, Minnesota does have a red flag law. Officials can confiscate a person’s firearms if there is evidence that the person is a danger to society.

In most states, owners must tell officers they are carrying a concealed weapon and they cannot carry concealed weapons in certain areas. But Minnesota has no officer notification requirement and, for the most part, private landowners cannot bar gun carriers. Certain state-owned facilities may be off-limits.

On a related note, permit holders can carry guns in most state parks and most restaurants, provided they are not under the influence of alcohol (BAC above .04).

Permitless Weapon Possession

It is illegal to carry a pistol without a permit. “Carrying” usually means taking the pistol off personal property. A first offense is a misdemeanor and a subsequent offense is a felony. It is also semi-illegal to carry a weapon in a vehicle without a permit. Such behavior is only legal if the gun and ammunition are in separate, securely closed containers. Once again, a first offense is a misdemeanor and a subsequent offense is a felony.

Related offenses include making a false statement on a permit application, illegally discharging a firearm, negligent storage, and illegal sales. Just as you would work with Drug Crime Lawyers In Minneapolis to clear charges of drug possession, you should hire a Minneapolis Firearms Weapons Defense Lawyer to deal with charges of permitless weapon possession.

Gun Trusts

National Firearms Act gun trusts enable people to bypass certain ownership restrictions. NFA gun trusts allow people to buy machine guns or other such collectible firearms, silencers and other attachments, and so-called “weapons of mass destruction,” like a small bomb.

As experienced Minneapolis Firearms Weapons Defense Lawyers, we realize that Gun trusts can have more than one member. If Jose accidentally leaves his gun in his car and police officers stop his wife while she’s driving, she’s guilty of illegal gun possession. If she is a co-trustee, her unintentional possession is legal.

Gun trusts are also private. Technically, the trust, and not the person, legally owns the firearms in the trust. Furthermore, when the settlor (person who made the trust), dies, the contents pass seamlessly and privately to the beneficiary.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Illegally possessing a firearm is like illegally possessing prescription drugs, child pornography, stolen property, or any other contraband. Illegally using a firearm, even in a situation like illegally discharging a firearm at a party, is usually a violent offense.

All states now have concealed carry laws. Nearby Illinois was the last jurisdiction to pass a CCW law. These permit holders are immune from most gun possession prosecutions. And, prosecutors usually take mitigating circumstances into account. However, Minnesota’s CCW law does not guarantee lenient treatment.

Overall, about a fifth of prison inmates say they had a gun when they committed their crimes. About a quarter of criminal sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, and robberies involve a firearm. Roughly two-thirds of murders involve a firearm, which is almost always a handgun.

Most domestic assault convictions automatically bar people from owning guns. Additionally, under Minnesota’s red flag law, a misdemeanor assault or other violent misdemeanor conviction could result in the loss of gun ownership privileges.

Admittedly, our team does not defend very many war criminals, so our expertise in this area is limited. But yes, according to our understanding, using chemical weapons is a war crime. It is also against international law to manufacture or stockpile chemical weapons.

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Eric Ziegler
Eric Ziegler
20:44 08 Jul 22
Walked me through the entire process for my DUI. Know their stuff. I made a mistake and they knew that and treated me like a person, not just a case. Made a few great calls in navigating the case and we ended up with the best case scenario. Could not recommend anyone higher!
Bee Way
Bee Way
07:35 26 Jun 22
Matthew Gweh
Matthew Gweh
22:04 17 Jun 22
Kyle has earned a special place in my heart. Couldn’t thank him enough for his service to me. If you are reading this, it means I was similar position as you. Do not hesitate to hire Gerald Miller’s Law. You’ll be in the right hand.
Jim Greenwood
Jim Greenwood
20:38 25 May 22
Rolled a red light after Happy hour and got pulled over. Refused field test and went to police station and called Gerald Miller P.A. They answered immediately and advised me to take the breath test. Tried breath test several times but they were having problems with their machine. After several more tries they said I burped and they consider this a refusal. They drove me downtown to Henn County Jail. Spent less that a full day there until I was offered bond which Jerry set up. Needless to say , I was expecting 30 days jail time and who knows what else. After Kyle and Gerald finished negotiating with Prosecutor, I was fined $1500 and 10 days community service. I had 7 charges and was dropped to 2 charges. I highly recommend keeping their number in case a friend or God forbid you need help! JG
William Hennes
William Hennes
16:54 11 May 22
Kyle and GM overall are excellent. Highly recommended.
aaron p
aaron p
16:19 02 May 22
Ronnie took care of everything which took a lot of extra stuff off my mind, available 24/7, got it sorted before I needed to even go to pretrial or anything, met with me beforehand to discuss options and what was smart but let me decide ultimately. Got my license temporarily reinstated before the trial began which was huge, I needed my car during that time. Had no bad experiences at all, completely worth it in my opinion.

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