New Minnesota law says bounty hunters can't dress like cops

A new Minnesota law now makes it illegal for a bounty hunter to dress like a cop, and while that may seem like common sense, one bounty hunter says it is putting his safety at risk.

"We're not door kicking, gun slinging cowboys. We're professional recovery investigators," said Stew Peters, who owns U.S. Fugitive Recovery and Extradition.

Unlike the old "Wanted" posters that line the walls of his office, Peters says the bounty hunters of today, or at least the ones that work for him, are professionals.

"We have a standing operating procedure. And we have very strict guidelines," he said.

That is, despite not having the state regulate the industry take away new restrictions on their appearance.

"That looks like a police badge. Well, to me, it looks like a surety agent badge. You could argue the Mall of America wears badges that looks like sheriff's deputy."

Peters says he and his seven agents wear badges that clearly state their role.

To some, they are getting mistaken for police officers too often. That is why the new law makes it illegal for bounty hunters to wear uniforms or drive cars with colors won by police agencies.

Peters believes the law targets his crew for their visibility, perhaps even for the attention created by a famous bounty hunter with a television show – which is something he'd be open to.

"Certainly, not our intention, but if we were offered, absolutely we'd love for cameras to follow us around," Peters said.

Peters said he'll comply with the law, which goes into effect July 1, but he plans to challenge it in court.

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