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photo of a BB gun and BBs
In 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court held in State v. Haywood that air-compressed BB guns were not to be considered firearms. (Depositphotos.com image)

Legally (but not factually) innocent

Court denies exoneration compensation to defendant with BB gun

Possessing a BB gun — even though that BB gun is no longer considered a firearm under Minnesota law — does not establish factual innocence to make one eligible for exoneration compensation.

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