Are you trying to restore your gun rights in Minnesota? If so, you have come to the right place. Below you will find a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding firearm rights restoration. Let us help you get your rights back with our Minnesota restoration of gun rights service. If you are unsure if you are eligible to get your gun rights restored, please take our free eligibility test.
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Minnesota courts have not provided an exact definition of "good cause". However, we have had success with the court restoring firearm rights based on any of the following:
Evaluation your chance of success is nearly impossible to say without doing research into your case. If you would like a detail analysis of your case and what we believe the chances are that your gun rights can be restored, we would be happy to do so. We charge a small researching fee for this evaluation.
No, your disposition does not matter. The process of petitioning the court to restore your gun rights is the same whether you pleaded guilty or pleaded no contest to the crime.
We can get a copy of your record and review what can be done to restore your gun rights. We charge a small research fee for that service.
Yes, although you can petition for both at the same time; however there is no guarantee that you will be granted either. We do offer a discount on the restoration service if you sign up for an expungement at the same time.
Your firearm rights restoration can be denied because: (1) there was an inaccuracy in the court file or your criminal records, (2) the judge feels there is not good cause to restore your firearm rights, (3) the serious nature of the offense or (4) it is determined that you are otherwise not eligible for the restoration.
The Minnesota law allowing you to petition a court to restore your gun rights is only good for Minnesota convictions. If you have a federal conviction that prevents you from possessing/purchasing a firearm, you must restore you gun rights through some other avenue, such as getting a pardon from the President, a service we do not provide at this time.
Federal law (Lautenberg Amendment) prohibits firearm ownership by those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence as defined by federal law. This is a lifetime prohibition. If your offense falls under the federal misdemeanor domestic violence ban, the only way to restore your rights in relation to that offense in Minnesota is a governor's pardon.
However, the federal definition may be different from Minnesota’s definition. If you would like us to evaluate your case and determine if the federal ban will apply in your case we can do so for a small fee.
You can petition to restore your gun rights even if you have multiple state felony convictions, as long as there is “good cause” for your gun rights to be restored and you are not currently confined in jail or prison.
In order to evaluate whether you are eligible to have your firearm rights restored, we must evaluate the laws of each state in which you have a conviction and also the state where you currently reside. If you would like us to evaluate your case and determine if it is possible, we would be happy to do so. We charge a researching fee for our firearm rights analysis which will provide you answers and options to restore your firearm rights.
In order to determine whether restoring your gun rights in Minnesota would be honored in the state in which you currently reside, we can evaluate the laws of each state and determine if it is possible. To do this evaluation, we charge only a simple researching fee. If you then sign up for firearm rights restoration, that fee would be applied to the total cost of the restoration service.
"Crime of violence" means: felony convictions of the following offenses: sections 609.185 (murder in the first degree); 609.19 (murder in the second degree); 609.195 (murder in the third degree); 609.20 (manslaughter in the first degree); 609.205 (manslaughter in the second degree); 609.215 (aiding suicide and aiding attempted suicide); 609.221 (assault in the first degree); 609.222 (assault in the second degree); 609.223 (assault in the third degree); 609.2231 (assault in the fourth degree); 609.229 (crimes committed for the benefit of a gang); 609.235 (use of drugs to injure or facilitate crime); 609.24 (simple robbery); 609.245 (aggravated robbery); 609.25 (kidnapping); 609.255 (false imprisonment); 609.322 (solicitation, inducement, and promotion of prostitution; sex trafficking); 609.342 (criminal sexual conduct in the first degree); 609.343 (criminal sexual conduct in the second degree); 609.344 (criminal sexual conduct in the third degree); 609.345 (criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree); 609.377 (malicious punishment of a child); 609.378 (neglect or endangerment of a child); 609.486 (commission of crime while wearing or possessing a bullet-resistant vest); 609.52 (involving theft of a firearm, theft involving the intentional taking or driving of a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner or authorized agent of the owner, theft involving the taking of property from a burning, abandoned, or vacant building, or from an area of destruction caused by civil disaster, riot, bombing, or the proximity of battle, and theft involving the theft of a controlled substance, an explosive, or an incendiary device); 609.561 (arson in the first degree); 609.562 (arson in the second degree); 609.582, subdivision 1, 2, or 3 (burglary in the first through third degrees); 609.66, subdivision 1e (drive-by shooting); 609.67 (unlawfully owning, possessing, operating a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun); 609.71 (riot); 609.713 (terroristic threats); 609.749 (stalking); 609.855, subdivision 5 (shooting at a public transit vehicle or facility); and chapter 152 (drugs, controlled substances); and an attempt to commit any of these offenses.
Minnesota Statutes Section 624.712.
The firearm rights restoration process in Minnesota can take from seven to eight months, depending on your particular circumstances, the court’s workload at the time of your petition, and whether there are any objections from the government.
We will get your application filed as quickly as possible but there is no way to expedite it with the court; therefore the sooner you get started, the sooner your gun rights can be restored to you. If you are applying for a job that requires you to use a gun (e.g., law enforcement), we would be glad to write a letter to your employer or potential employer them know we are in the process of getting your gun rights restored.
No. We are licensed attorneys and will represent you in court at any hearings that may be required.
If the case is denied, we evaluate the reason for the denial and determine the best way to proceed. In most cases, you cannot reapply again for another three years after the denial, unless the judge allows you to reapply sooner. (Minnesota Statute Section 609.165 Subd. 1d.)
We do not offer a money-back guarantee for our MN firearm rights restoration service, because the process involves a substantial amount of work, including attorneys attending hearings on your behalf. We cannot afford to offer a price this low and a money-back guarantee on this service.
You will receive a court order restoring your gun rights. The court will update their records and send the order on to the central state database. The background check agencies will then receive the updated information when they do a background check. 609.165(2)
The court is usually the first to update its records. The court then sends the agencies a copy of the court order restoring your gun rights. Keeping a copy of the order for your own records is advisable, because, although the court order may already be entered into state and national databases, you will still be asked to provide a copy to your local county sheriff’s office when you apply for your gun permit to carry.
So how do I go about restoring my right to posses firearms?