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Minnesota Scanner Law

Original source: Minnesota Statutes 2002
Chapter 299 - Public Safety
Section 299C - Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Paragraph 299C.37

299C.37 Police Communication Equipment; Use, Sale.


Subdivision 1. Use regulated.


(a) No person other than peace officers within the state, the

members of the state patrol, and persons who hold an Amateur

Radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission,

shall equip any motor vehicle with any radio equipment or

combination of equipment, capable of receiving any radio signal,

message, or information from any police emergency frequency, or

install, use, or possess the equipment in a motor vehicle without

permission from the Superintendent of the Bureau upon a form

prescribed by the Superintendent. An amateur radio license

holder is not entitled to exercise the privilege granted by this

paragraph if the license holder has been convicted in this state

or elsewhere of a crime of violence, as defined in Section

624.712, Subdivision 5, unless ten years have elapsed since the

person has been restored to civil rights or the sentence has

expired, whichever occurs first, and during that time the person

has not been convicted of any other crime of violence. For

purposes of this Section, "crime of violence" includes a crime in

another state or jurisdiction that would have been a crime of

violence if it had been committed in this state. Radio equipment

installed, used, or possessed as permitted by this paragraph must

be under the direct control of the license holder whenever it is



(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), any person who is

convicted of a violation of this subdivision shall, upon

conviction for the first offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and

for the second and subsequent offenses shall be guilty of a gross



(c) An amateur radio license holder who exercises the privilege

granted by paragraph (a) shall carry the amateur radio license in

the motor vehicle at all times and shall present the license to a

peace officer on request. A violation of this paragraph is a

petty misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a



Subd. 2. Repealed, 1971 c 71 s 2


Subd. 3. Permit. The Superintendent of the Bureau shall, upon

written application, issue a written permit, which shall be

nontransferable, to a person, firm, or corporation showing good cause

to use radio equipment capable of receiving a police emergency

frequency, as a necessity, in the lawful pursuit of a business,

trade, or occupation.


Subd. 4. Repealed, 1983 c 293 s 115


HIST: (9950-48) 1935 c 195 s 8; 1961 c 661 s 1; 1965 c 721 s

1; 1981 c 37 s 2; 1983 c 293 s 91; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 191 s 1


Retranscribed by: Todd L. Sherman/KB4MHH
Last updated: December 16, 2002.

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