FAIRFAX, VA - The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce that Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) signed legislation recognizing law-abiding Minnesotans` Right-to-Carry firearms for personal protection and for protection of their loved ones. Minnesota now becomes the 35th state to pass such self-defense legislation.
"Right-to-Carry legislation is a fundamental issue that should be on the forefront of every dialogue regarding self-defense," said Chris W. Cox, Chief Lobbyist of the NRA. "Guns are used more than 2.5 million times each year to thwart violent crime, and we know that states that have Right-to-Carry laws experience significantly less crime than states that don`t."
NRA would like to thank State Senator Pat Pariseau (R-36) and Lynda Boudreau (R-26B), both co-sponsors of this legislation, for their tireless effort on behalf of gun-owners throughout Minnesota.
The 132 year-old NRA is the nation`s oldest civil rights group, and advocates enforcement of existing laws to prosecute and punish violent criminals. The NRA is the nation`s leader in teaching gun safety and promoting marksmanship among law enforcement officers nationwide. The Association has over 4 million members across America.
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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.