In Minnesota, individuals who have been convicted of a felony under state or federal law might be ineligible to possess firearms. That said, it is possible for one to have their firearm rights restored under certain circumstances. The relief or restoration of one’s gun rights does not apply to any other firearms disqualifying convictions in the future.
Generally, in Minnesota, a conviction for nearly any felony triggers a firearms disability, which is recognized by both jurisdictions as lasting until they are restored. For example, if an individual was convicted of a crime and is later discharged, the discharge would restore that person’s gun rights. Additionally, if one’s firearm rights are restored under federal law, it would also be recognized under Minnesota law, and vice versa.
If an individual is convicted of a felony in Minnesota that is a violent crime, the resulting firearms prohibition would last for the duration of that person’s lifetime. In 2003, however, a new judicial process was enacted, allowing an individual convicted of a violent crime to petition the court for a restoration of firearm rights following a discharged sentence. If the person shows good cause for relief and is no longer confined, the court might consider restoring the individual’s gun rights.
For firearms-disqualifying misdemeanors, these rights are typically restored automatically after three years from the date of conviction if the individual has not been convicted of violating any of the following laws:
- Crimes committed on behalf of or for the benefit of a gang
- Bias-motivated assaults
- False imprisonment
- Neglect or endangerment of a child
- Burglary in the fourth degree
- Harassment or stalking
If you are seeking to restore your gun rights, it is crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
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