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“Minnesota Gun Law” CLE by Thomas Gallagher to MSCJ

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On November 10, 2018 Thomas C. Gallagher, a Minneapolis Gun Crimes Defense Attorney, presented a gun law Continuing Legal Education course. He explained the gun laws to 50 of the best defense lawyers in Minnesota; the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice. And the course took place at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

How to Restore Gun Rights After a Misdemeanor Domestic Crime Conviction in Minnesota

Gallagher presents the law
Attorney Thomas Gallagher presents the law

Attorney Thomas Gallagher covered: “How to Restore Gun Rights After a Misdemeanor Domestic Crime Conviction in Minnesota. And this included:

  1. Can I get my rights to firearms back after a conviction for a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?”
  2. Felony vs Misdemeanor
  3. Violence Against Women Act, a/k/a the Lautenberg Amendment
  4. But, Federal gun law definition of “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence”
  5. And, Federal definition is narrower than Minnesota’s definition in at least three ways
  6. One: Requires an element of physical force or a deadly weapon — lacking in most Minnesota cases
  7. Two: The federal relationship element is narrower than Minnesota’s relationship definition
  8. Three: The due process protection qualifiers exclude cases; including where vindication of the right to counsel was lacking, or an less than adequate factual basis
  9. And, Minnesota’s three-year ban and automatic restoration
  10. So, the federal gun law respects states’ power to decide
  11. The federal law’s three pathways to full civil rights
  12. One: “expungement” or set aside of conviction
  13. Two: Pardon
  14. Three: Civil rights restored (if the law of the applicable jurisdiction provides for the loss of civil rights for such an offense)
  15. And, the best remedies for restoration of civil rights to firearms after a Minnesota misdemeanor domestic crime conviction

So, for an in-depth look at this topic, see Attorney Thomas Gallagher’s recent gun law article:

How to Restore Gun Rights After a Misdemeanor Domestic Crime Conviction in Minnesota.

And if you are a lawyer, or a person with a question about guns and criminal law in Minnesota; call gun law Attorney Thomas Gallagher.