Last week the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee passed Senate File 1357 by a 8 to 3 vote. Despite heavy opposition from anti-gun forces inundating legislators with “gun-grabbing” rhetoric, SF 1357 and its House companion bill, House File 1467, are now on the floor calendars and awaiting a floor vote. It is vital that you make your voice heard and urge the leadership in the state House and state Senate to schedule votes on these important bills.
SF 1357/HF 1467 contain three important firearm policy improvements:
Stand Your Ground:
SF 1357/HF 1467 would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground and protect themselves or their family anywhere they are lawfully present. It would create a presumption that an individual who forcefully or stealthily enters or attempts to enter your home or vehicle is there to cause substantial or great bodily injury or death, so the occupant may use force, including deadly force, against that individual. It would also expressly allow an individual to use force, including deadly force, to prevent a forcible felony, and it provides protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.
Currently, Minnesotans’ carry permits are only valid in fifteen states. Unfortunately, Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety has not sought out any additional reciprocity agreements. By adding the proposed language, Minnesota will recognize every state that offers a carry permit and drastically improve Minnesotans’ abilities to carry in other states. The proposed language would also require Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety to enter in to reciprocity agreements.
Emergency Powers Reform:
The proposed language would prohibit any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful possession, carrying, transfer, transportation and defensive use of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.
As mentioned, SF 1357 and HF 1467 both are on the calendar in their respective legislative bodies. As the end of Minnesota’s legislative session nears, these bills must pass by the deadline of Monday, May 23 in order to have of chance of becoming law this year. Please contact leadership in both the Senate and the House and urge them to bring these important pro-gun bills to their respective floors for consideration.
Amy Koch (R-19), Majority Leader
Geoff Michel (R-41), Deputy Majority Leader
David Hann (R-42), Assistant Majority Leader
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Doug Magnus (R-22), Assistant Majority Leader
David Senjem (R-29), Assistant Majority Leader
Dave Thompson (R-36), Assistant Majority Leader
Chris Gerlach (R-37), Majority Whip
Michelle Fischbach (R-14), President of the Senate
Gen Olson (R-33), President Pro Tem
Kurt Zellers (R-32B), Speaker of the House
Matt Dean (R-52B), Majority Leader
Rod Hamilton (R-22B), Majority Whip
Kurt Daudt (R-17A), Assistant Majority Leader
Bob Gunther (R-24A), Assistant Majority Leader
Joe Hoppe (R-34B), Assistant Majority Leader
Tim Kelly (R-28A), Assistant Majority Leader
Jenifer Loon (R-42B), Assistant Majority Leader
Paul Torkelson (R-21B), Assistant Majority Leader
Greg Davids (R-31B), Speaker Pro Tempore
Mary Liz Holberg (R-36A), Speaker Pro Tempore
Morrie Lanning (R-9A), Speaker Pro Tempore
Torrey Westrom (R-11A), Speaker Pro Tempore