Getting your concealed carry permit (CCP) is a big responsibility as well as a feeling of safety for a lot of gun owners. However, possessing a gun on your person comes with heightened standards of conduct that, if you violate, could get you arrested and potentially charged with a crime.
The Minnesota Citizens’ Personal Protection Act of 2005 contains the Permit to Carry Laws and outlines the safety guidelines and potential violations that can come with carrying a pistol on your person. If you do not have a permit to carry and you decide to carry a weapon on your person in a public place, you may be charged with a Gross Misdemeanor offense – any similar subsequent violations of this nature would be Felony offenses. Even if you have a permit to carry a weapon, you can expose yourself to criminal prosecution for carrying in certain circumstances.
Some potential charges for permit holders are:
- Furnishing a Firearm for Commission of a Felony – Felony
This means it is a Felony to recklessly furnish a person with a dangerous weapon in conscious disregard of a known substantial risk that the gun will be possessed or used in furtherance of a felony crime of violence.
- Reckless Discharge of a Firearm – Felony
This means it is a Felony to intentionally discharge a firearm under circumstances that endanger the safety of another or to recklessly discharge a firearm.
- Furnishing a Firearm to a Minor – Felony
This means it is a Felony to furnish a firearm to a minor (someone under the age of 18) without the prior consent of the minor’s parent or guardian or of the municipality’s police department.
- Reckless Handling of a Firearm – Misdemeanor (At or In a School Zone, Park Zone, or Public Housing Zone – Felony)
This means it is a felony to recklessly handle or use a gun so as to endanger the safety of another, intentionally point a gun capable of injuring or killing another human being, whether loaded or unloaded, at or toward another, furnishing a child under 14 with a weapon without the parent’s consent, or as a parent or guardian, permitting the child to handle or use a firearm outside of your presence.
- Negligent Storage of a Loaded Gun – Gross Misdemeanor
This means that it is a gross misdemeanor to negligently store or leave a loaded gun in a location where a person knows or reasonably should know that a child (under the age of 18) is likely to gain access, unless reasonable action is taken to secure the firearm against access by the child.
- Change of Address/Loss or Destruction of Permit – Petty Misdemeanor
If you do not notify the issuing sheriff of a lost or destroyed permit or a permanent change of address within 30 days, you could be subject to a petty misdemeanor offense.
Brandt Criminal Defense is here to help you in the event any of these violations do happen:
Or you want your firearm rights restored: