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2015 Minnesota Law Changes

Governor Dayton has signed SF 878 into law. The bill has several pro-gun provisions such as:

•prohibits any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful possession, carrying, transfer, transportation and defensive use of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency, like the actions that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina;
 
•aligns Minnesota with more than 40 other states that have conformed their statutes to federal law so that their residents can purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law;
 
•modifies the Capitol Carry Notification provision (current statute allows permit holders to carry on the capitol complex as long as permit holders “notify the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety, as appropriate.”  This legislation would update and clarify the statute to provide that application for a permit constitutes “notification”);
 
•provides a language change to help resolve carry permit reciprocity issues;
 
•legalizes ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors (suppressors are legal to own under federal law and in 39 other states).

July 1st
> Suppressor ban ends;
> Capital carry notification standards change;
> Carry permit recognition standards change;

August 1st
> Emergency powers provision takes effect;
> Ban on hunting with suppressors ends

Analysis provided by GOCRA.