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Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, PA

We have over a century of collective legal experience and have been practicing in state and federal courts across Minnesota since 1983.

Dangerous Weapons & Firearm Offenses in Minnesota

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The state of Minnesota and the federal government are tough on crimes involving guns and dangerous weapons. If you or a loved one have been charged with a weapons offense, or if a weapon enhancement has been added to another charge, you need an experienced defense team capable of protecting your rights, your freedom, and your future.

At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Minneapolis criminal defense attorneys have the insight and resources needed to effectively challenge the government’s case against you and pursue the best possible outcome in your case.

Here’s why:

  • We have more than 100 years of combined experience
  • Our lead attorneys draw from insight gained as former prosecutors
  • We’ve handled hundreds of jury trials in state and federal courts
  • Our team includes Attorneys consistently named to Super Lawyers® Magazine

Discuss your case as soon as possible. Contact us for a FREE consultation.

Misdemeanor & Felony Weapons Charges

State and federal governments enforce a number of laws regulating firearms. There are also many laws regulating dangerous weapons, which are defined as any weapon capable of causing death or great bodily harm. Under Minnesota law, explosives, fire, and combustible / flammable liquids are also considered dangerous weapons.

Depending on the facts and circumstances in a particular case – such as the nature of the charge, the type of weapon involved, any history of mental illness or substance abuse, and a defendant’s criminal record – weapons crimes may be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies.

Our attorneys have the experience to handle all types of weapons charges at both the state and federal level, including the following felonies:

  • Recklessly handling a firearm or weapon
  • Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person / felon
  • Intentionally pointing a gun, loaded or unloaded, at someone
  • Possession of brass knuckles or switchblades
  • Possession of a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun
  • Recklessly discharging a firearm in a municipality
  • Possession or sale of silencers
  • Possession of a gun in court or some government buildings
  • Furnishing dangerous weapons / furnishing to minors
  • Negligent storage of a loaded firearm

Gun Crime Enhancements

Individuals who possess, brandish, discharge a firearm, or injure others using a firearm while committing another offense can be subject to weapons enhancements. An enhancement is an additional term of imprisonment added to the sentence for the underlying crime. Under Minnesota law, these enhancements may be 1, 3, or 5 years, depending the facts of a case. Mandatory minimums in federal cases involving guns can result in very lengthy enhancements, including 5, 7, 10, and 30 year minimum sentences.

Dangerous weapon enhancements can apply to the following crimes, among others:

Trust a Proven Twin Cities Defense Firm

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. has been protecting the rights of clients across the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota since 1983. We understand weapons charges because our attorneys have years of experience handling them. If you stand accused, reach out to our team at any time to discuss your case and what we can do to help.

Consultations are FREE and confidential. Call (612) 444-5020.

Put Our Attorneys On Your Side

Our team has 100 years of collective experience. Our lawyers, Allan Caplan and Joe Tamburino, are frequently featured on local news networks, including radio and television appearances on Fox and WCCO radio. This has helped Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. rise to prominence and gain a solid reputation of fighting vigorously not only for our clients, but also against the injustices they face when they have been charged with a crime or have been wrongfully injured.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

  • “ Kayla Wengronowitz was my attorney in a claim against me involving Title IX and won my difficult and extensive case. She was a beacon of hope to me when my options seemed very limited. Kayla provided clarity for me to understand everything happening in the case, she made smart and calculated decisions, she made sure I was comfortable with every decision she made, and she responded to difficult situations seemingly with ease. Most importantly, Kayla was empathetic and provided comfort throughout the strenuous process. I am extremely grateful for her service and highly recommend her without reservation.” - Anonymous
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  • “ Hi Allan, Just wanted to say thanks for the phone call last night and all the support today at court. It's been the most stressful time of my life but your advice, superior knowledge, confidence, and support are very much appreciated.” - D.D.
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