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Facing federal gun charges? You can defend yourself

Although the Second Amendment gives you the right to bear arms, that doesn't mean you don't have to follow the laws associated with owning a gun. For instance, in Minnesota, you can be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor if you carry a loaded rifle or BB gun without a permit unless you're taking it to or from a place where you will be hunting, target shooting, selling, trading or displaying the weapon.

Even if you have a permit, it is not legal to carry your weapon onto school grounds. However, there is an exception if you're using the weapon on those grounds if you are participating in lawful gun safety courses or activities, are at a gun show, have the school principal's written consent, or are a ceremonial color guard. You may keep the firearm in your motor vehicle on school grounds as long as you obey state laws about its storage.

When isn't a permit needed?

If you have a gun in your home, place of business, or on your own property, you won't usually need a permit. As long as you are traveling with the weapon from a place where repairs are performed or to or from your house, place of business, or place of purchase, you may carry it without a permit as well.

You must carry an unloaded firearm in a closed and fastened case or gun box while you travel in a snowmobile, boat or motor vehicle.

If you're stopped by police for violating one of these laws, you could be facing charges for a federal crime. Fortunately, you have rights and can work to reduce your sentence or penalties with a solid defense. Our website has more information on gun charges and what to expect if you're facing criminal charges.

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