State v. StoneAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of one count of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person under Minn. Stat. 609.165, subd. 1b(a), holding that a dissembled and incomplete shotgun can meet the plain language definition of a firearm under section 609.165, subd. 1b(a).
Law enforcement officers discovered a disassembled twenty-gauge shotgun in Defendant's backpack, and a forensic scientist used a bolt and washer from a similar firearm to assembly and successfully fire the shotgun at issue. Defendant was found guilty of one count of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the evidence was sufficient for the jury to reach the commonsense verdict that it did.