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  • Kelly Keegan Successfully Challenges Permit to Purchase Denial

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client applied for a permit to purchase a firearm from the Oakdale Police Department but was denied due to two prior convictions for domestic assault. After reviewing these two convictions, Kelly determined they were not prohibiting offenses under state law because more than three years had elapsed since the convictions, nor federal law because they involved her client’s mother, which is not a “domestic relationship” under federal law. Rather than restore rights, Kelly advised her client the Oakdale Police Department was incorrect in their denial of a permit to purchase, and opted to challenge the denial. Kelly wrote a letter to the police department challenging the denial. Upon review, they reversed their decision and agreed to issue her client a permit to purchase. Her client was grateful to finally resolve and understand an issue that had been the source of confusion for years.

    • Case Type: Gun Rights Restoration - Permit Denial Challenge
    • County: Hennepin
    • Outcome: Permit to Purchase Issued
  • Police Records Removed for Client Arrested for Obstruction of Legal Process

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client was arrested in 2007 for Obstruction of Legal Process in Ramsey County. Despite not being charged or convicted, records of the arrest showed up on his FBI criminal background report, causing issues with job searches and international travel. Kelly was able to compel the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Sheriff to remove records of the arrest from their files, which in turn served to have the information removed from the FBI criminal history report.

    • Case Type: Expungement
    • County: Ramsey
    • Outcome: Arrest Record Expunged
  • Kelly Restores Firearm Rights for Client Convicted of Multiple Felony Motor Vehicle Thefts

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly Keegan’s client obtained his permit to carry but had a gun purchase denied pursuant to a federal check due to three felony motor vehicle theft convictions in Carver County. At the time Kelly’s client committed the offenses, felony theft of a motor vehicle was considered a crime of violence under Minnesota state law, subjecting him to a lifetime ban on possessing firearms. The Minnesota Supreme Court determined in 2020 that the Minnesota Legislature removed felony theft of a motor vehicle from the list of crimes of violence. However, a judicial order is still needed for the federal government to recognize restoration under federal law. Kelly was able to obtain a court order showing her client’s ability to possess firearms has been restored and submit appeal documents to have his Federal records updated so that he can finally purchase a firearm.

    • Case Type: Gun Rights Restoration
    • County: Carver
    • Outcome: Firearm Rights Restored
  • Kelly Keegan Fixes Federal Firearm Denial for Client Convicted of Domestic Assault

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client retained her after his attempted firearm purchases were denied by the federal government due to a 1993 conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault. While most denials of this type are the result of the failure of the old Minnesota statute to specify between ‘fear’ and ‘harm’, the latter of which leads to a lifetime firearm prohibition under federal law, a review of the underlying documentation in this case revealed that the denial was incorrect for another reason. Specifically, the alleged victim in the case was not a protected person under federal law,  with the result that the denial was incorrect on that basis. The client was then able to use this information to legally purchase firearms and apply for gun permits.

    • Case Type: Gun Rights Restoration
    • County: Carver
    • Outcome: Firearm Rights Restored
  • Kelly Fixes Discharge Order to Restore Her Client’s Gun Rights

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client called her unsure why his gun purchases were being denied. Kelly reviewed a previous conviction in Ramsey County for solicitation and found language incorrectly suggesting his offense was a crime of violence subjecting her client to a lifetime prohibition on possessing firearms. She also found problems with the discharge date. After numerous correspondence with the court, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and other parties, Kelly was able to fix the incorrect language and the discharge date, restoring her client’s firearm rights.

    • Case Type: Gun Rights Restoration
    • County: Ramsey
    • Outcome: Firearm Rights Restored

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