(a) An enforcement officer must seize:
(1) firearms possessed in violation of state or federal law or court order; and
(2) property described in section 97A.221, subdivision 1, where no owner can be determined.
(b) Property seized under this section is subject to administrative forfeiture.
When property is seized under subdivision 1, the enforcement officer shall serve any known owner and person possessing the property with a notice of the seizure and intent to forfeit the property. The notice must be in writing, describing the property seized, the date of seizure, and notice of the right to appeal the seizure and forfeiture as described in subdivision 3.
Seizure and administrative forfeiture of property under this section may be appealed under the procedures in section 116.072, subdivision 6, if the owner or other person from whom the property was seized requests a hearing by notifying the commissioner in writing within 45 days after seizure of the property. For purposes of this section, the terms "commissioner" and "agency" as used in section 116.072 mean the commissioner of natural resources. If a hearing is not requested within 45 days of seizure, the forfeiture becomes a final order and not subject to further review.
The authority to forfeit firearms and other property under this section is in addition to other remedies available under state and federal law.
Forfeited property under this section may be disposed of as contraband according to section 97A.221, subdivision 4.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes