Oh, I found silencers are legal in Minnesota if you are a cop or a game warden
Not anymore. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.66
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision 1a, paragraph (a), clause (1), until July 1, 2011, an enforcement officer, as defined in section 97A.015, subdivision 18, a wildlife area manager, an employee designated under section 84.0835, or a person acting under contract with the commissioner of natural resources, at specific times and locations that are authorized by the commissioner of natural resources may use devices designed to silence or muffle the discharge of a firearm for wildlife control operations that require stealth.
The DNR is just as hosed as the rest of you little people in MN now. The legislature let the bill that was supposed to delete the July 1, 2011 date in the statute die.
Subd. 1h.Silencers; authorized for law enforcement and wildlife control purposes.(a) Notwithstanding subdivision 1a, paragraph (a), clause (1), licensed peace officers may use devices designed to silence or muffle the discharge of a firearm for tactical emergency response operations. Tactical emergency response operations include execution of high risk search and arrest warrants, incidents of terrorism, hostage rescue, and any other tactical deployments involving high risk circumstances. The chief law enforcement officer of a law enforcement agency that has the need to use silencing devices must establish and enforce a written policy governing the use of the devices.
The police are not allowed unrestricted use of silencers either. It appears that they can not use them for training purposes, but I have been told that they do. Of course the law is not stopping them from using them for anything they want. It did not stop the WA police from using them even though it was a gross misdemeaner for anyone in WA (military included) to use a silencer on a firearm until July 22, 2011.
BC98 and I have an appointment to meet with Senator Wolf to convince her to sponsor a bill to allow the possession of registered silencers. It ill take a big effort from MN gun owners to pass any such bill and so far most of what I have seen in the last two months from MN gun owners is "good job" and "silencers are unsportmanlike". Very few are willing to put their backs into it.
Even if we can get sponsorship for a silencer bill, it will die a quick death in commmittee unless there is grass roots support. This means gun owners who talk face to face (not write) with their representatives. Talking to a Sentor or Rep is easy. Look up their info on the MN government homepage and call the phone number listed. You will most likely get their aide. If you can not get an appointment to talk to them, then ask for a date/time to speak with them on the phone. If you are nervious or shy about meeting a politician for the first time, then bring a friend that is educated and is used to speaking to bigwigs.
Complaining about your lack of rights on a gun forum is crap, take action. It really works. It may take several years, but in the end it is worth it. Ask those who did it in Kansas, Missouri and Washington State.