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The 2012 Legislature made several changes to criminal forfeiture provisions, including sales of contraband weapons, revising provisions in DWI, and more.
(Published Aug 8, 2012)
The 2012 Legislature made several changes to criminal forfeiture provisions, including sales of contraband weapons, revising provisions in DWI, off-highway vehicle (OHV), and drive-by shooting forfeiture laws to provide uniformity with similar changes made in 2010.
Chapter 127 (SF 1371) changed Minnesota Statutes, section 609.5316 to say law enforcement agencies may not only destroy or use summarily forfeited weapons, but may also sell the weapons in a commercially reasonable manner to a properly licensed dealer. The proceeds of the weapon sale are dictated by law. This became effective on Aug. 1.
Chapter 128 (SF 1240) made several more changes to criminal forfeiture, including the following:
The law includes a few other technical changes to definitions and notices.
All changes in Chapter 128 appear effective Aug. 1, 2012. While most changes apply to seizures initiated on that day or after, in some instances, the change applies to property in possession as of Aug. 1 or after.
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Each edition of the Focus on New Laws column highlights a law passed in the 2012 legislative session that cities need to know about. Please be sure to always consult your city attorney with technical questions about compliance with laws. For more information about new laws, check out the League’s 2012 Law Summaries (pdf).