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SF 2500

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 04:07pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; allowing use of night vision equipment while hunting
coyote or fox; establishing civil penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 97A.421, by adding a subdivision; 97B.086.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97A.421, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3b. new text end

new text begin Issuance after conviction; night vision or thermal imaging equipment. new text end

new text begin (a)
A person who is convicted of a violation under paragraph (b) and possessed night vision or
thermal imaging equipment may not obtain a hunting license or hunt wild animals for five
years from the date of conviction.
new text end

new text begin (b) The revocation under this subdivision applies to convictions of:
new text end

new text begin (1) trespass;
new text end

new text begin (2) hunting game in closed season; or
new text end

new text begin (3) hunting game before or after legal shooting hours.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97B.086, is amended to read:


97B.086 POSSESSING NIGHT VISION OR THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT.

(a) A person may not possess night vision or thermal imaging equipment while taking
wild animals or while having in possession, either individually or as one of a group of
persons, a firearm, bow, or other implement that could be used to take wild animals.

(b) This section does not apply to a firearm that is:

(1) unloaded;

(2) in a gun case expressly made to contain a firearm that fully encloses the firearm by
being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened without any portion of the
firearm exposed; and

(3) in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.

(c) This section does not apply to a bow that is:

(1) completely encased or unstrung; and

(2) in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.

(d) If the motor vehicle under paragraph (b) or (c) does not have a trunk, the firearm or
bow must be placed in the rearmost location of the vehicle.

(e) This section does not apply to night vision or thermal imaging equipment possessed
bynew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end peace officers or military personnel while exercising their dutiesnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a person taking coyote or fox as provided under section 97B.075 and rules adopted
under section 97B.605
new text end.