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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:26 am 
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Minn. Laws 2009, Chapter 176. It isn't much of a "victory."

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Sec. 40. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 97B.045, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
Subd. 3. Exceptions; hunting and shooting ranges. (a) Notwithstanding
provisions to the contrary under this chapter, a person may transport an unloaded, uncased
firearm, excluding a pistol as defined in paragraph (b), in a motor vehicle while at a
shooting range, as defined under section 87A.01, subdivision 3, where the person has
received permission from the lawful owner or possessor to discharge firearms; lawfully
hunting on private or public land; or travelling to or from a site the person intends to hunt
lawfully that day or has hunted lawfully that day, unless:
(1) within Anoka, Hennepin, or Ramsey county;
(2) within an area where the discharge of a firearm has been prohibited under section
471.633;
(3) within the boundaries of a home rule charter or statutory city with a population
of 2,500 or more;
(4) on school grounds; or
(5) otherwise restricted under section 97A.091, 97B.081, or 97B.086.
(b) For the purposes of this section, a "pistol" includes a weapon designed to be fired
by the use of a single hand and with an overall length less than 26 inches, or having a
barrel or barrels of a length less than 18 inches in the case of a shotgun or having a barrel
of a length less than 16 inches in the case of a rifle:
(1) from which may be fired or ejected one or more solid projectiles by means
of a cartridge or shell or by the action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or
explosive substances; or
(2) for which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, air or
other gas, or vapor.
Pistol does not include a device firing or ejecting a shot measuring .18 of an inch, or less,
in diameter and commonly known as a "BB gun," a scuba gun, a stud gun, or nail gun
used in the construction industry or children's pop guns or toys.

Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 97B.051, is amended to read:
97B.051 TRANSPORTATION OF ARCHERY BOWS.
Except as specified under section 97B.055, subdivision 2, a person may not transport
an archery bow in a motor vehicle unless the bow is not armed with a bolt or arrow.


But, it does make it clear that the "hunters" have no respect for those who participate in handgun sports even on a "shooting range."


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This is complicated enough that hunters probably won't want to rely upon it even if they can.


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So if I'm reading that right, Scott County got dropped from the "no shooting cans in my rural backyard" zone?

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Actually, (a)(2) and (3) pretty much cover everywhere in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka counties (and on 10 days notice, ANY other land could be included merely by passing a local ordinance). So the "carve out" [b]isn't needed to ptotect anyone from Uncased, Unloaded firearms.[/b]

So, inquiring minds want to know, WHY did the DFL leadership INSIST on inclusion of this language???

Maybe they DO have something planned that the bill's proponents just ignored. After all, a "pistol" ban won't affect them (NOTE: "Pistols" are expressly excluded from the special privileges that this bill offers riflemen and shotgunners).


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