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Legal Information: Minnesota

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
August 6, 2020

The abuser uses a gun for his/her job. Does the law still apply?

Maybe. If the abuser is subject to an order for protection and is a law enforcement officer, military employee or government employee, then s/he might be able to continue to use a gun for work purposes, but not for personal use.

However, if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, then under federal law, s/he cannot buy or have a gun, even if s/he is a police officer or a military employee.1

If you are confused or not sure whether or not the abuser can still use a gun for work purposes, you can talk to a domestic violence advocate in your area or call the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit to find out more information: 1-800-903-0111, ext. 2  To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit our MN Advocates and Shelters page.

1 18 USC § 925(a)(1)