A small BB gun found in a felon’s car has been ruled a firearm by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and its possession means more prison time for him.Since 1977, the state’s two appellate courts have repeatedly agreed with the Legislature that a BB gun is a firearm when involved in various crimes, such as drive-by shootings.As the result of a 2005 felony drug conviction, David Lee Haywood wasn’t supposed to have a handgun. The BB gun was found in his glove compartment during a traffic stop in 2013.He was found guilty of a felony in Ramsey County District Court and received a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.
Now if he had threatened someone with it, there might be some argument for this, but it reminds of when I lived in California and I called our local police department to see if there was a legal problem, with firing a bow and arrow in my back yard. They informed me that under California law, a bow and arrow is a firearm. Don't know where they found that definition.