Duke Center for Firearms Law
Duke Law logo
Repository of Historical Gun Laws

Jurisdiction: Minnesota

Ordinance No. 22: An Ordinance Relating to the Promotion of the Public Peace, Feb. 7, 1888, reprinted in Charter and Ordinances of the City of New Ulm, Minnesota 110–11 (Jos. A. Eckstein ed., 1888).

, | |
Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of this city to carry or wear under his clothes or concealed about his person, any pistol, dirk, sling-shot, or knuckle of brass or other metal, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Any su...

Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the limits of this city to carry or wear under his clothes or concealed about his person, any pistol, dirk, sling-shot, or knuckle of brass or other metal, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Any such weapon duly adjudged by any justice court of said city to have been worn or carried by any person in violation of this section, shall be adjudged and declared forfeited or confiscated to the city of New Ulm: and every such person so offending, on conviction, may in addition to the penalty hereinafter described, be required to furnish surities for keeping the peace for a term not exceeding six months.

Sec. 3. The prohibition in the preceding section shall not apply to police, peace, and other officers of courts, whose duty may be to secure warrants or make arrests, nor to persons whose business or occupation may require the carrying of weapons for protection. Nothing in the ordinances of this city shall be construed to prohibit within the city limits any firing of a gun, pistol or other firearm when done in the lawful defense of person, property or family, or in the necessary enforcement of the laws.

Read More

1933 Minn. Laws 231-33, An Act Making It Unlawful to Use, Own, Possess, Sell, Control or Transport a “Machine Gun”, as Hereinafter Defined, and Providing a Penalty for the Violation Thereof, ch. 190, §§ 1-3.

| |

§ 1. Definitions. (a) Any firearm capable of loading or firing automatically, the magazine of which is capable of holding more than twelve cartridges, shall be a machine gun within the provisions of the Act. (b) Any firearm capable of automaticall...

§ 1. Definitions. (a) Any firearm capable of loading or firing automatically, the magazine of which is capable of holding more than twelve cartridges, shall be a machine gun within the provisions of the Act. (b) Any firearm capable of automatically reloading after each shot is fired, whether firing singly by separate trigger pressure or firing continuously by continuous trigger pressure; which said firearm shall have been changed, altered or modified to increase the magazine from the original design as manufactured by the manufacturers thereof, or by the addition thereto of extra and/or longer grips or stocks to accommodate such extra capacity, or by the addition, modification and/or attachment thereto of any other device capable of increasing the magazine capacity thereof, shall be a machine gun within the provisions of this Act. (c) A twenty-two caliber light sporting rifle, capable of firing continuously by continuous trigger pressure, shall be a machine gun within the provisions of this Act. But a twenty-two caliber light sporting rifle, capable of automatically reloading but firing separately by separate trigger pressure for each shot, shall not be a machine gun within the provisions of this Act and shall not be prohibited hereunder, whether having a magazine capacity of twelve cartridges or more. But if the same shall have been changed, altered, or modified, as prohibited in section one (b) hereof, then the same shall be a machine gun within the provisions of this Act. § 2. Application. This Act shall not apply to sheriffs, coroners, constables, policemen or other peace officers, or to any warden, superintendent or head keeper of any prison, penitentiary, county jail or other institution for retention of any person convicted or accused of crime, while engaged in the discharge of official duties, or to any public official engaged in the enforcement of law; nor to any person or association possessing a machine gun not usable as a weapon and possessed as a curiosity, ornament or keepsake; when such officers and persons and associations so excepted shall make and file with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension of this state within 30 days after the passage of this Act, a written report showing the name and address of such person or association and the official title and position of such officers . . . § 3. Machine guns prohibited. Any person who shall own, control, use, possess, sell or transport a machine gun, as herein defined, in violation of this Act, shall be guilty of a felony.

Read More

1927 Minn. Laws 407-08, An Act Relating to the Minimum Punishment or Penalty for Felonies Committed while Armed with a Firearm, ch. 294, § 1.

| |

Penalty for felonies committed while armed with a firearm. That if any person shall commit a felony, or attempt to commit a felony, while armed with a pistol, revolver, gun or other firearm, with intent to use the same in the commission thereof, the pe...

Penalty for felonies committed while armed with a firearm. That if any person shall commit a felony, or attempt to commit a felony, while armed with a pistol, revolver, gun or other firearm, with intent to use the same in the commission thereof, the penalty therefor, including any additional penalty which may be now or hereafter imposed by any law of this State for the commission of a crime of violence while armed with or having available any firearm, shall in the discretion of the trial judge be imprisonment for not less than five years; provided, that this Act shall not apply to reduce either the minimum or the maximum sentence now or hereafter provided by law for any offense for which the person has been convicted.

Read More

1921 Minn. Laws 742, An Act to Provide for the Incorporation, Organization and Government of Cities of Ten Thousand (10,000) Inhabitants or Less, (Cities of the Fourth Class), ch. 462, § 41, pt. 37.

| |

To regulate and prevent the storage of gunpowder, dry pitch, resin, coal oil, benzene, naptha, gasoline, turpentine, hemp, cotton, nitroglycerine or any products thereof, and other combustible or explosive materials within the city, and the use thereof...

To regulate and prevent the storage of gunpowder, dry pitch, resin, coal oil, benzene, naptha, gasoline, turpentine, hemp, cotton, nitroglycerine or any products thereof, and other combustible or explosive materials within the city, and the use thereof[.]

Read More

1917 Minn. Laws 839-40, An Act . . . Making It Unlawful for Any Such Foreign Born Resident to Either Own or Be Possessed of a Shot-gun or Rifle or Other Firearms of Any Make, ch. 500, § 1.

| |

Foreign born residents prohibited to own or be possessed of shot gun, rifle or other fire arms, and punishment for violation. That it shall be unlawful for any foreign born resident of this state who has not become of citizen of the United States, or w...

Foreign born residents prohibited to own or be possessed of shot gun, rifle or other fire arms, and punishment for violation. That it shall be unlawful for any foreign born resident of this state who has not become of citizen of the United States, or who has not declared his intention, in accordance to law, of becoming a citizen of the United States, to hunt for or capture or kill in the state of Minnesota any wild bird or animal, either game or otherwise, of any description, except in lawful defense of person or property, and to that end it shall be unlawful for any such foreign born resident within this state to either own or be possessed of a shot gun or rifle, or other firearms of any make. . . .

Read More

1913 Minn. Laws 55, An Act to Prevent the Sale, Offering or Exposing for Sale or Having in Possession for the Use or for Purpose of Sale within this State, of Silencer for Shot-gun, Revolver, Rifle or Other Firearm, Defining a Silencer and Providing Penalties for Violation, ch. 64, §§ 1-4.

| |

§ 1. Use of silencers prohibited. No person shall within the state of Minnesota sell or offer or expose for sale, or have in possession for use upon or in connection with any rifle, shot-gun, revolver, or other firearm or have in possession for pu...

§ 1. Use of silencers prohibited. No person shall within the state of Minnesota sell or offer or expose for sale, or have in possession for use upon or in connection with any rifle, shot-gun, revolver, or other firearm or have in possession for purposes of sale any silencer for a shotgun, revolver, rifle or other fire-arm. § 2. Possession prima facie evidence. In any prosecution hereunder proof of the having such silencer in possession by any person shall constitute prima facie evidence that same was had in possession of such person for use contrary to the provisions of this act. § 3. Construction of word “silencer.” A silencer within the meaning of this act is defined as a mechanical device or construction or instrument designed or intended to be temporarily or permanently attached to or used in connection with any shotgun, revolver, rifle or other fire-arm for the purpose of lessening or reducing the volume of sound caused by the discharge of or by the firing of such gun, rifle, revolver or other fire-arm. §4. Violation a misdemeanor. Any person violating any of the provisions of ths act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Read More

1907 Minn. Laws 408-09, An Act to Prohibit the Shooting of Firearms Within Three Miles of the Corporate Limits of Cities Having a Population of 50,000 or More, ch. 300, § 1.

| |

It is hereby declared unlawful for any person to hunt with or carry loaded any rifle or other firearm for the purpose of hunting within three miles of the corporate limits of any city having a population of 50,000 or more, except target practice on reg...

It is hereby declared unlawful for any person to hunt with or carry loaded any rifle or other firearm for the purpose of hunting within three miles of the corporate limits of any city having a population of 50,000 or more, except target practice on regular rifle ranges, and members of duly organized gun clubs shooting or practicing on lands owned or leased by the club, or trap shooter shooting or practicing on grounds selected for that purpose, or firing a salute over the graves of soldiers. Whoever offends against any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than ten days nor more than ninety days, for each violation of this section.

Read More

1905 Minn. Laws 620, An Act for the Preservation, Propogation, Protection, Taking, Use and Transportation of Game and Fish, and Certain Harmless Birds and Animals, ch. 344, § 53.

| |

State Parks – No person shall pursue, hunt, take, catch, or kill any wild bird or animal of any kind within the limits of any territory set apart, designated used or maintained as a state public park, or within one-half mile of the outer limits t...

State Parks – No person shall pursue, hunt, take, catch, or kill any wild bird or animal of any kind within the limits of any territory set apart, designated used or maintained as a state public park, or within one-half mile of the outer limits thereof or have any such bird or animal or any part thereof in his possession or under his control within said park or within one-half mile of said outer limits. No person shall have in his possession within any such park or within one-half mile of the outer limits thereof, any gun, revolver, or other firearm unless the same is unloaded, and except after the same has been sealed by the park commissioner or a deputy appointed by him, and except such gun or other firearm at all times during which it may be lawfully had in such park remains so sealed and unloaded. Upon application to the park commissioner or any deputy appointed by him, it is hereby made his duty to securely seal any gun or firearm in such manner that it cannot be loaded or discharged without breaking such seal. The provisions of this section shall apply to all persons including Indians.

Read More

1905 Minn. Laws 162-63, An Act Amending General Statutes of 1894, § 6445, Relating to Manslaughter, ch. 125, § 1.

| |

Such homicide is manslaughter in the first degree when committed without a design to effect death, either 1. By a person engaged in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor, affecting the person or property, either of the person killed, or of a...

Such homicide is manslaughter in the first degree when committed without a design to effect death, either 1. By a person engaged in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor, affecting the person or property, either of the person killed, or of another; or 2. In the heat of passion, but in a cruel and unusual manner, or by means of a dangerous weapon; 3. By shooting another with a gun, or other firearm when resulting from carelessness in mistaking the person shot for a deer or other animal.

Read More

1903 Minn. Laws 588-89, An Act for the Preservation, Propogation, Protection, Taking, Use and Transportation of Fish and Game, ch. 336, § 12.

| |

No person shall at any time set, lay, prepare or have in possession any trap, snare, artificial light, net, bird lime, swivel gun or set gun or any contrivance whatever for the purpose of catching, taking or killing any of the birds in this act mention...

No person shall at any time set, lay, prepare or have in possession any trap, snare, artificial light, net, bird lime, swivel gun or set gun or any contrivance whatever for the purpose of catching, taking or killing any of the birds in this act mentioned, except that decoys and stationary blinds may be used in hunting wild geese, brant and ducks. Whoever shall offend against any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten (10) dollars nor more than one hundred (100) dollars, and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than ten (10) days nor more than ninety (90) days, for each and every offense.

Read More