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HF 601

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 02/13/2024 04:54pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; requiring lost and stolen firearms to be reported promptly
to law enforcement; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
624.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [624.7139] LOST OR STOLEN FIREARMS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Duty to report. new text end

new text begin A person who owns, possesses, or controls a firearm
shall report the loss or theft of the firearm to a law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction
in which the loss or theft occurred as soon as practicable but not later than within 48 hours
of the time the person knew or reasonably should have known of the loss or theft.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Penalty. new text end

new text begin (a) A person who violates this section is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
new text end

new text begin (b) A person who violates this section a second time is guilty of a misdemeanor.
new text end

new text begin (c) A person who violates this section a third or subsequent time is guilty of a gross
misdemeanor.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Immunity. new text end

new text begin A person who reports a lost or stolen firearm in compliance with
the requirements of subdivision 1 is immune from criminal prosecution for an offense
pursuant to state law related to the storage of firearms.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report to commissioner of public safety. new text end

new text begin A chief of police or sheriff shall
report a lost or stolen firearm to the commissioner of public safety within seven days of
receiving notification of the loss or theft under this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2023, and applies to acts
committed on or after that date.
new text end