How can a non violent felon own a firearm in Minnesota if the felony was in another state? 2 Answers as of December 20, 2011I'm currently living in Minnesota now for 4 years and had a non violent felon from the state of Wisconsin from which I used to reside in. Do I have to do the petition or pardon in the state of Wisconsin? How can a non violent felon of forging a check from 2004 in Wisconsin and now lives in Minnesota for the past 4 years, own a firearm.
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
There is a difference in Minnesota between having a right to possess a hunting firearm and having a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Your offense will not permanently bar the former but may be an impediment to the latter. If you were not convicted of a "crime of violence" as defined in Minn. Stat. Sec. 624.712 Subd. 5, your right to possess a firearm will be reinstated approximately 10 years after you are/were discharged from probation. A permit to carry a concealed weapon may, however, not be reinstated at any time. If you want to expunge the offense from your record, your attempt would take place in the court of conviction.
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