The law varies from state-to-state regarding primitive guns
, and there are federal rulings regarding whether muzzleloaders are considered "firearms."
The best suggestion to give you is this:
1. Speak to an attorney in Minnesota. If you're on parole or probation, you probably have access to a public defender to ask. You can also ask a criminal
attorney for a free consultation.
2. Speak to a parole officer or probation officer. the probation officer is going to be the person who will violate your probation, and should be able to answer that question definitively.
Here is a site dedicated to the federal statute regarding muzzleloaders and what I call "primitive guns."
http://www.empirearms.com/pre-1899.htmPlease keep in mind
that none of this is legal advice, and I urge you not to possess any gun, muzzleloader, or any other gun based on this answer. You must speak to an attorney in your jurisdiction to get a definitive answer to this question. And just because you don't violate federal law doesn't mean you won't violate Minnesota law!
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