In general, it is illegal to possess a pistol without a conceal and carry permit. In order to obtain a permit, you must meet certain criteria. If you are unable to get a permit or have failed to get a permit and you are found in possession of a pistol, you could face criminal charges.
For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Villaume & Schiek, P.A., have protected the rights of gun owners and others charged with weapons offenses in Minnesota. We will clearly explain your legal rights and your options if you are facing conceal and carry charges. At all times, whether inside or outside of the courtroom, we will act as your advocates and defend you against any charges.
Know your rights and protect your interests. Contact a lawyer at our office for a free consultation about your situation.
Penalties for Carrying a Pistol Without a Permit in Minnesota
In order to carry, hold or possess a pistol, you must have a permit. This includes in a vehicle, on a boat, in a public place or on your person. The first offense for possession without a permit is a gross misdemeanor. Any subsequent offenses can result in a felony charge. A felony can result in significant prison time.
If you have a permit and fail to display it to a peace officer who requests it, you could also face penalties. The first offense is a simple $25 fine. However, penalties can increase with additional offenses.
Our attorneys can help you understand your rights under the law. In some cases, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed if we are able to show that you were authorized to carry the firearm. We will carefully investigate your case and pursue every avenue to defend you against these charges now and future penalties.
Contact a Lawyer About Your Weapons Charge
Learn about your options in a free initial consultation with an attorney at our firm. Call us at (952) 851-9500, or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation. Our law office is conveniently located in Bloomington, Minnesota, right off Interstate 494 (I-494) and across from the Mall of America, and has ample free parking.