Expandable Baton Laws - Minnesota

by Colton
(MN)

I live in Minnesota and do not plan on carrying an expandable baton from my house, i just want to own one. Is it legal for me to purchase one and have it sent to my house Without getting in trouble?

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Laws on expandable batons in Minnesota
by: Andrew

I can't find anything stating that a expandable baton is illegal in Minnesota.

It looks like the law regarding this type of weapon basically states that it becomes illegal when you purchase, carry or use it with the intent to use it against another person unlawfully. In my opinion unlawfully does not include self defense.

Minnesota defines a dangerous weapon as any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm. I would assume this includes any type of bludgeon including expandable batons.

I am not an attorney and I highly suggest consulting an attorney if you plan to purchase an expandable baton and/or carrying it in your state.


2014 Minnesota Statutes

609.66 DANGEROUS WEAPONS.
Subdivision 1.Misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes. (a) Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as provided in paragraph (b):
(1) recklessly handles or uses a gun or other dangerous weapon or explosive so as to endanger the safety of another; or
(2) intentionally points a gun of any kind, capable of injuring or killing a human being and whether loaded or unloaded, at or toward another; or
(3) manufactures or sells for any unlawful purpose any weapon known as a slungshot or sand club; or
(4) manufactures, transfers, or possesses metal knuckles or a switch blade knife opening automatically; or
(5) possesses any other dangerous article or substance for the purpose of being used unlawfully as a weapon against another; or
(6) outside of a municipality and without the parent's or guardian's consent, furnishes a child under 14 years of age, or as a parent or guardian permits the child to handle or use, outside of the parent's or guardian's presence, a firearm or airgun of any kind, or any ammunition or explosive.
Possession of written evidence of prior consent signed by the minor's parent or guardian is a complete defense to a charge under clause (6).
(b) A person convicted under paragraph (a) may be sentenced as follows:
(1) if the act was committed in a public housing zone, as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 19, a school zone, as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 14a, or a park zone, as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 12a, to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both; or
(2) otherwise, including where the act was committed on residential premises within a zone described in clause (1) if the offender was at the time an owner, tenant, or invitee for a lawful purpose with respect to those residential premises, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.

Dangerous Weapon Defined by Minnesota

Subd. 6.Dangerous weapon. "Dangerous weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm, any combustible or flammable liquid or other device or instrumentality that, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm, or any fire that is used to produce death or great bodily harm.

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