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‘Crime of violence’ definition

Published (2/24/2012)
By Sue Hegarty
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The Minnesota County Attorneys Association would like to add a few felony-level crimes to the list of offenses deemed to be a “crime of violence” — a designation that restricts a felon’s ability to own or possess firearms.

HF1665, sponsored by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe), would add felony-level convictions for fifth-degree assault, domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation to the list of offenses described as “crime of violence.”

Under current law, a person convicted of a “crime of violence” is not entitled to ship, transport, possess or receive a firearm or other dangerous weapons. The law also provides various crime victim notification rights if an alleged offender is arrested or charged with a “crime of violence.”

The House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee approved the bill Feb. 21 and referred it to the House Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee.

The companion, SF2057, sponsored by Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), awaits action in the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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