New Ulm, MN asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Minnesota

Q: Hi I'm 18 turning 19. I want to get a gun for target shooting but have had a history of anger when younger ages 4-14

So when I was younger I was diagnosed with low levels of autism and fasd but was before they knew I had adhd and they says that's the real reason I was like that according to state law In Minnesota and federal law you can't own a gun if you've been adjudicated as a mental defect by a court. Which I haven't. Never been to court in my life. And the other is to be unwillingly admitted to a mental institution or treatment facility by a court which agan I haven't and those are the only two questions on the firearms form that apply to me and if I answer them truthfully both would be no but my concern is that they would say I lied on a firearms test and I'd go to jail. I should mention that I was put in a behavior corrections place for kids by my parents not a court as a minor. I'm working and have a car and looking for a apartment. My other concern is that if I'd pass and get a gun that they would put me in jail for owning a firearm. So I just want to know If i understand it all and am OK.

1 Lawyer Answer
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Saint Cloud, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: You should speak directly with an attorney about these issues. On first reading, it doesn't sound as if you would have any legal prohibition on owning or possessing a firearm, but you don't want to put yourself in a bad situation. A legal forum is no substitute for speaking directly with an attorney about these issues to ensure that you do everything that you need to do prior to purchasing a firearm.

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