UMN professor charged with buying guns illegally reaches agreement to have charges lifted

Massoud Amin reached an agreement with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office Monday to have the charges dismissed.

Isabella Murray

A University of Minnesota professor charged in August with purchasing 14 firearms illegally has reached an agreement to have his charges lifted.

Massoud Amin, Director of the University’s Technological Leadership Institute and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, agreed to terms with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office on Monday.

“The key here is that Mr. Amin will no longer be in possession of, or own these guns. Further, there is still a felony charge pending against him and, if convicted, Mr. Amin will be barred from ever possessing a firearm,” City Attorney Susan Segal said in a statement. 

Amin was charged with seven gross misdemeanors last August for purchasing firearms on seven different occasions while under indictment.

The University professor was under felony indictment for misleading on his divorce file. He is currently charged with two counts of aggravated forgery and one count of theft by swindle, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office spokesperson Chuck Laszewski said.

Amin is not entering any plea and there is no conviction, Amin’s attorney Aaron Thom said. The charges are lifted as the case is continued for dismissal in the future. 

“It’s the right result, and we are very excited that this happened,” Thom said. 

Amin has remained an active member of the University’s faculty since charges were first brought to the University’s attention. 

University spokesperson Evan Lapiska said the school is aware of the case update.

Amin’s legal troubles are not concluded with the dismissal, however. 

Laszewski said Amin still has to answer to charges of misleading on his divorce file. His trial date for those charges is set for April 30.