624.74 METAL-PENETRATING BULLETS.
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 a 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.
History: 1982 c 525 s 1; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11