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Legislators look at lowering hunting age in Minnesota


Some Minnesota legislators want to lower the age that children can use a firearm to go hunting from 12 to 11 years old.

The measure would allow 11-year-olds to get firearm safety certificates after completing a class. Currently, 11-year-olds can take the safety course, but their certificate is not valid until they turn 12.

“I certainly went out hunting younger than 11 and I took my daughter out pheasant hunting when she was about 8,” said Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, a sponsor of the measure. “I just think ‘When is it not a good time to learn about gun safety?”


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