Below is an overview of the process to restore your rights to possess a firearm (gun) and/or ammunition in Minnesota District Court after your rights have been permanently taken away for a felony conviction or delinquency adjudication of a crime of violence. Read through our Definitions tab for commonly used words, and read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information about the process. The Forms tab will help guide you to the forms packets that are available.
Why would my rights to possess a firearm and/or ammunition be permanently taken away?
After a criminal conviction or delinquency adjudication for a felony crime of violence, your rights to possess firearms and ammunition are permanently taken away. This means you cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition for the remainder of your lifetime unless the court restores those rights. Felony crimes of violence are defined by the law, and sometimes it is not obvious that the crime you were convicted of is considered a crime of violence until you look at what the law says. If you are not sure whether your rights to possess firearms and ammunition have been taken away, it is a good idea to get legal advice.
Do I need to file anything with the court?
If your rights to possess a firearm and/or ammunition have been permanently taken away and you want to be able to lawfully possess a firearm and/or ammunition, you will need to ask the court to restore your rights. This process is commonly referred to as Restoration of Civil Rights.
For more information about Restoration of Civil Rights, see the FAQs.