While Anderson and a friend were shooting at a private range in May of 2022, a complaint from a neighbor sparked a intervention from the police department.
It was alleged that a bullet from the range had stuck the neighbors house. However, Anderson's mother, Sara Forgues, said there was no evidence to suppor the accusation.
The neighbor had allegedly "hear glass shatter" at his home. When he discovered there was a broken glass door, "he believed" it came from a gunshot.
Anderson cooperated with the officer who came to the range and was then detained. While the officers inspected his firearms which he had privately made, they discovered they did not have any serial numbers.
Six weeks after the incident, Anderson was charged with two felonies.
Forgues believes that the charges an abuse of legal power from the state. In order to help cover her son's legal costs, the family had to dip into his college fund. Forgues has also started a Give Send Go campaign.
The campaign reads, "Hi, my name is Sara. And I’m fundraising for my son Walker. The funds raised will be used to help cover legal expenses as Walker goes to trial in September to defend his innocence and Second Amendment right."
The weapons, according to the orignal report and Anderson's attorney, are "personally manufactured firearms."
The deputies cited Minnesota statute 609.667 to charge Anderson. It reads, "Whoever commits any of the following acts may be sentenced to imprisonment...: receives or possesses a firearm, the serial number or other identification of which has been obliterated, removed, changed, or altered; or... receives or possesses a firearm that is not identified by a serial number."
Anderson's attorney stated, “Under the plain meaning of the statute, the rifles made and possessed by Anderson were not ‘firearms’ as contemplated in [the federal law] and thus no serial number was required."
Forgues said that she "truly believed that the charges would be dismissed." She is speaking out now but said she is terrifed to do so.
“It’s so clear that this is unconstitutional," Forgues said. “This Minnesota statute is being grossly abused and misapplied.”
Anderson is graduating from college in July and is working full-time to support himself.
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