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97B.031 Use and possession of firearms.

Subdivision 1. Firearms and ammunition that may be used to take big game. (a) A person may take big game with a firearm only if:

(1) the rifle, shotgun, and handgun used is a caliber of at least .23 inches;

(2) the firearm is loaded only with single projectile ammunition;

(3) a projectile used is a caliber of at least .23 inches and has a soft point or is an expanding bullet type;

(4) the ammunition has a case length of at least 1.285 inches;

(5) the muzzle-loader used is incapable of being loaded at the breech;

(6) the smooth-bore muzzle-loader used is a caliber of at least .45 inches; and

(7) the rifled muzzle-loader used is a caliber of at least .40 inches.

(b) A person may not take big game with a .30 caliber M-1 carbine cartridge.

(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), clause (4), a person may take big game with a ten millimeter cartridge that is at least 0.95 inches in length, a .45 Winchester Magnum cartridge, or a .50 A. E. (Action Express) handgun cartridge.

Subd. 2. Handguns for small game. A person may take small game with a handgun of any caliber in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.

Subd. 3. Firearms larger than ten gauge prohibited. A person may not use a firearm with a bore larger than a ten gauge to take a protected wild animal.

Subd. 4. Silencers prohibited. A person may not own or possess a silencer for a firearm or a firearm equipped to have a silencer attached.

HIST: 1986 c 386 art 2 s 7; 1989 c 153 s 1; 1989 c 287 s 7; 2000 c 473 s 7; 2002 c 351 s 15