Statement from Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, NRA – Institute for Legislative Action on Governor Mark Dayton's Veto of House File 1467

Posted on March 5, 2012

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Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) is deeply disappointed in Governor Dayton’s veto of House File 1467 – an omnibus bill that included a number of key firearms law reforms in Minnesota.  This bill passed both chambers of the Minnesota legislature with broad bi-partisan support. 

House File 1467 contained vital common-sense reforms that would have enhanced self-defense laws for the law-abiding residents of that state.  It would have removed the duty to retreat for crime victims currently mandated under Minnesota state law and precluded victims from facing prosecution for lawfully defending their lives.  This bill would have also enhanced self-defense rights by recognizing the Right-to-Carry permits of those visiting and those traveling through Minnesota with valid Right-to-Carry permits from the other 48 states that issue them (Illinois does not issue Right-to-Carry permits of any kind). 

Furthermore, House File 1467 would have prohibited gun confiscation in times of declared emergencies.  The NRA led the way at the this key change in federal law following Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans authorities went door-to-door confiscating legally owned firearms and depriving residents of their solitary means of self-defense.  It is exceptionally disappointing that Governor Dayton vetoed this provision after having voted in favor of similar legislation while a member of the U.S. Senate.

Moving forward, the NRA remains resolute in bringing rational and reasonable reforms to Minnesota’s firearms and self-defense laws. 

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