On Wednesday, March 3, the House Civil Justice Committee will hold a hearing on House File 1396. This bill includes a provision that would allow a court that issues a domestic abuse protective order to prohibit the respondent from having any contact with a PET OR COMPANION ANIMAL OWNED, POSSESSED, OR KEPT by a party protected in the order. This new provision could have serious consequences for Minnesotans who exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
Any number of relatively innocent or unintentional scenarios could easily be imagined for such contact. Even intentional contact with a pet that is the subject of a protective order is clearly too low a threshold for a person to lose the ability to exercise a fundamental constitutional right. The same considerations simply do not apply to contact with animals as apply to contact with people. While this bill was originally designed to protect animals, it would also provide unintended and unjustified deprivation of people’s Second Amendment Rights.
Please contact the members of the Civil Justice Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose HF 1396. Contact information is listed below.
State Representative Joe Mullery (Committee Chair) (58A- DFL)
State Representative Gail Kulick Jackson (Vice Committee Chair) (16A- DFL)
State Representative Steve Drazkowski (28B- R)
State Representative Bobby Joe Champion (58B- DFL)
State Representative Debra Hilstrom (46B- DFL)
State Representative Mary Liz Holberg (36A- R)
State Representative Sheldon Johnson (67B- DFL)
State Representative Tim Kelly (28A- R)
State Representative Michael Paymar (64B- DFL)
State Representative Peggy
State Representative Torrey Westrom (11A- R)