Last week, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill re-enacting the "Personal Protection Act" that was struck down by the courts last month. The bill then went to pro-Second Amendment Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), who this week, signed the measure into law.
In doing so, Governor Pawlenty has restored the right of law abiding residents of the Gopher State to carry concealed firearms. The new law, which restores an identical 2003 measure that was struck down by the courts, takes effect immediately.
"We signed it before, we signed it again," said Pawlenty's spokesman, Brian McClung. Prior to the 2003 law, sheriffs and police chiefs had discretion to grant or deny carry permits to any applicant within their jurisdiction.
NRA members can be proud of their grassroots efforts. Thanks to your phone calls, e-mails, and letters, the new law passed overwhelmingly in the House (86-47) and Senate (44-21).
Please contact the bill's sponsor Senator Pat Pariseau (R-36), Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum (R-28B), and, of course, Governor Pawlenty, and thank them for their hard work and support of this important measure.