In Becker, Minnesota, a 22-year-old man, Matthew “Walker” Anderson, is embroiled in a legal battle that could have far-reaching implications for gun owners across the state. Anderson is facing two felony charges for possessing privately made firearms that lack serial numbers. His mother, Sara Forgues, has described the situation as a gross misuse of Minnesota law. The charges stem from an incident in May 2022 when Anderson and a friend were target shooting on private property in Sherburne County. A neighbor’s complaint about firearm discharges led to the arrival of Sherburne County sheriff’s deputies. Despite no evidence supporting the neighbor’s claim, Anderson was detained, his firearms confiscated, and he was informed of the impending felony charges.
Anderson’s attorney, Blair Nelson, argues that the state statute does not require privately made firearms to have serial numbers. He contends that if the state law does indeed ban such firearms, it should be deemed unconstitutional. Rob Doar, senior vice president of government affairs with the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, agrees, stating that the prosecutor is misinterpreting poorly drafted legislation. He points out that before 1968, firearms were not even required to have serial numbers, yet they are still legal to own today. Forgues revealed that her son had consulted with an ATF agent prior to building his firearms to ensure he was abiding by all relevant laws. The agent reportedly confirmed that Anderson was not violating any federal or known state laws. As Anderson’s distressing legal battle continues, gun owners across Minnesota are watching closely, aware of the potential implications this case could have on their rights.