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Ruling Muddles Minnesota Right-to-Carry Law

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

This update was originally published July 16.

In a controversial July 13 decision, Ramsey County District Judge John Finley ruled that Minnesota`s concealed carry law was unconstitutional. At issue was the constitutionality of the common practice of "bundling" different types of legislation. The ruling seems to parallel the increasingly common trend of activist judges who exploit their position to forward a political agenda. In this case, the gun-banners tracked down the most anti-gun judge they could find and filed in his jurisdiction, banking on a favorable decision. At present, however, permits are still being issued and Minnesota Attorney General Michael Hatch has said he will appeal Finley`s ruling. Rest assured that NRA-ILA will keep you apprised of any developments in this evolving story.

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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.