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Had a student write and ask if .223 in green tip
or black tip were legal in Minnesota. Here is
my response..... Good question - the short answer is yes
they are legal. Read below for the
long answer.

Subdivision 1.Intent.

This section is designed to give law enforcement officers
performing their official duties a reasonable degree of
protection from penetration of quality body armor.
It is not the intent of this section to restrict the
availability of ammunition for personal defense, sporting, or
hunting purposes.

Subd. 2.Definition.

For purposes of this section, "metal-penetrating bullet" means
a handgun bullet of 9 mm, .25, .32, .357, .38, .41, .44, or
.451 caliber which is comprised of a hardened core
equal to the minimum of the maximum attainable
hardness by solid red metal alloys which purposely
reduces the normal expansion or mushrooming
of the bullet's shape upon impact.
"Metal-penetrating bullet" excludes any bullet
composed of copper or brass jacket with
lead or lead alloy cores and any bullet composed of
lead or lead alloys.

Subd. 3.Use or possession in commission of crime.

Any person who uses or possesses a metal-penetrating bullet
during the commission of a crime is guilty of a felony and may
be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years
or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both. Any
imprisonment sentence imposed under this subdivision shall
run consecutively to any sentence imposed for the other crime.
Subd. 4.Local regulation.

This section shall be construed to supersede any municipal or
county regulation of ammunition, including its component parts.


.... the green and black tip are considered designed for
penetrating light to medium armored threats.

The green tip (M855) round is used on personnel and
light armored targets (i.e. standard cars, trucks etc.).
The M855 is specifically exempted from the ATFs ban
on armor piercing ban (as are many rifle rounds).

The black tip (M995) has a tungsten core and will
penetrate light armor of 12mm thick at 100 meters.

====== FEDERAL LAW ============
Federal Code:
921(a)(17)(B) the term 'armor piercing ammunition' means --

(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a
handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the
presence of traces of other substances) from one or a
combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze,
beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber
designed and intended for use in a handgun and
whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent
of the total weight of the projectile.

(C) The term 'armor piercing ammunition' does not
include shotgun shot required by Federal or
State environmental or game regulations for hunting
purposes, a frangible projectile designed for
target shooting, a projectile which the
Secretary finds is primarily intended to be
used for sporting purposes, or any other
projectile or projectile core which the Secretary
finds is intended to be used for industrial
purposes, including a charge used in an oil and gas
well perforating device.


KTW AMMUNITION, all calibers. (Identified by a green
coating on the projectile)

ARCANE AMMUNITION, all calibers. (Identified by a pointed
bronze or brass projectile)

THV AMMUNITION, all calibers. (Identified by a brass or bronze projectile and
having a headstamp containing the
letters SFM and THV)

CZECHOSLOVAKIAN manufactured 9mm Parabellum (Luger) ammunition
having an iron or steel core. (Identified by a cupronickel jacket and
headstamp containing a triangle, star and dates 49, 50, 51, or 52.
The bullet is attracted to a magnet)

GERMAN manufactured 9mm Parabellum (Luger) having an iron or
steel bullet core. (Original packaging is marked
Pisolenpatronen 08 m.E. May have black colored bullet.
This bullet is attracted to a magnet)

MSC AMMUNITION, Caliber .25. (Identified by a hollow point brass
bullet. NOTE: MSC ammunition Caliber .25 identified
by a hollow point copper bullet is not armor piercing)

produced by National Cartridge, Atlanta, Georgia.

produced by National Cartridge, Atlanta, Georgia.

7.62mm NATO AP (Identified by black coloring in the bullet tip.
This ammunition is used by various NATO countries.
The U.S. military designation is M61 AP)

7.62mm NATO SLAP (identified by projectile having a plastic sabot around a
hard penetrator. The penetrator protrudes above
the sabot and is similar in appearance to a Remington accelerator cartridge)

PMC ULTRAMAG .38 Special caliber, constructed entirely of a brass type
material, and plastic pusher disc located at the
base of the projectile. NOTE: PMC ULTRAMAG 38J late production made
of copper with lead alloy projectile is not armor piercing.

OMNISHOCK, a .38 Special cartridge with a lead bullet containing a mild
steel core with a flattened head resembling a wad cutter.
(NOTE: OMNISHOCK cartridges having a bullet with an aluminum core are
not armor piercing.)

7.62x39mm with steel core. (NOTE: these projectiles have a steel core.
Projectiles having a lead core with
steel jacket or steel case are not armor piercing)


5.56MM (.223) SS109 and M855 Ammunition, Identified by a green
coating on the projectile tip.

U.S. .30-06 M2 AP, Identified by a black coating on the projectile tip.

Written by Gary

Friday 04 February 2011 at 08:48 am

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