MN Lawmaker Proposes Legalizing Fireworks

MN Bill Would Change Fireworks Law

The ban on the sale and use of fireworks in Minnesota would come to an end if a bill chief-authored by State Representative Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) becomes law.

The proposal would allow Minnesotans to shoot off bottle rockets, firecrackers and other aerial fireworks around Independence Day.

“There’s a reason neighboring states have fireworks stands located less than a mile from the border,” Rarick said. “Our ban doesn’t stop Minnesotans from buying and using fireworks, and our state actually is losing money by pretending that it does.”

Rarick said studies show that Minnesota loses roughly $3 million in sales tax revenue every year due to residents buying fireworks in neighboring states.

His bill would allow aerial and audible devices to be sold and used from June 1 to July 7 each year.

Only people above the age of 18 could make fireworks purchases.

Local governments could charge an annual license fee to stores that want to sell fireworks, but they would not be able to prohibit them from being sold.

“I’ve heard from a number of interested business owners in Pine County that would like the opportunity to sell fireworks and keep their customers at home,” Rarick said. “I also think that if responsible adults want to celebrate Independence Day by shooting off a few bottle rockets, they should have the freedom to make that choice.”
 

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