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):
(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).
What this means is If you are under 14 years of age you cannot possess an Airsoft gun unless you are under the direct physical supervision of your parents. What this means is, if you are touching an Airsoft gun, your parent must be present AT ALL TIMES.
Both you and your parents can be charged with violating this law. Penalties can include up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1000, or both.
It is because of this law that the MAA requires you be at least 14 to participate in our games.
Subd. 1a. Felony crimes; (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 1h, whoever does any of the following is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced as provided in paragraph (b):
Subd. 1b. Felony; furnishing to minors. Whoever, in any municipality of this state, furnishes a minor under 18 years of age with a firearm, airgun, ammunition, or explosive without the prior consent of the minor's parent or guardian or of the police department of the municipality is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both. Possession of written evidence of prior consent signed by the minor's parent or guardian is a complete defense to a charge under this subdivision.
If you are over 14 years of age, but not yet 18 years of age you cannot purchase or possess an airsoft gun without written permission from a parent/guardian or the local police department.
Penalties for violating this law include a fine of up to $20,000 and a 10-year prison sentence.
Dealers who want to sell guns to underage players are required to get written permission before selling the gun.
The MAA has been working to educate parents, airsoft dealers and law enforcement about this statute. We have encouraged the prosecution of violations of this law as an alternative to more restrictive Airsoft laws, and we will continue to do so.
The MAA will not tolerate illegal activity on these boards, and will report violations of this law to the proper authorities. Law enforcement agencies are aware of this board and do read it.
Any questions, feel free to ask.