Minnesota Scanner Law
Minnesota Scanner Law
Original source: Minnesota Statutes 2002
Chapter 299 - Public Safety
Section 299C - Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
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 Repealed, 1971 c 71 s 2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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