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Minnesota bans binary triggers after deadly police shootings

MOORHEAD - Binary triggers, used in the killing of a Fargo police officer last year and three Burnsville responders in February, will be banned in Minnesota by a new law signed by Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, June 3.

House File 2609 adds binary triggers to the definition of "trigger activators," which are already banned in Minnesota. The device allows a firearm to fire one round when a trigger is pulled and a second round on the release of the trigger.

The law also increases penalties for straw purchases of firearms, which is when a person buys a firearm for someone who is not legally allowed to have one.


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