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Minnesota: Comprehensive Firearms Reform Bills Need Your Help!

Monday, May 9, 2011

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.

Universal Recognition:
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.

Senate Leadership:

Amy Koch (R-19), Majority Leader
(651) 296-5981       
sen.amy.koch@senate.mn

Geoff Michel (R-41), Deputy Majority Leader
(651) 296-6238       
sen.geoff.michel@senate.mn 

David Hann (R-42), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-1749
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Doug Magnus (R-22), Assistant Majority Leader   
(651) 296-5650       
sen.doug.magnus@senate.mn

David Senjem (R-29), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-3903       
sen.david.senjem@senate.mn 

Dave Thompson (R-36), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-5252       
sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

Chris Gerlach (R-37), Majority Whip
(651) 296-4120       
sen.chris.gerlach@senate.mn

Michelle Fischbach (R-14), President of the Senate
(651) 296-2084       
sen.michelle.fischbach@senate.mn

Gen Olson (R-33), President Pro Tem
(651) 296-1282       
sen.gen.olson@senate.mn

House Leadership:

Kurt Zellers (R-32B), Speaker of the House
(651) 296-5502
rep.kurt.zellers@house.mn 

Matt Dean (R-52B), Majority Leader
(651) 296-3018
rep.matt.dean@house.mn 

Rod Hamilton (R-22B), Majority Whip
(651) 296-5373
rep.rod.hamilton@house.mn 

Kurt Daudt (R-17A), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-5364
rep.kurt.daudt@house.mn 

Bob Gunther (R-24A), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-3240
rep.bob.gunther@house.mn 

Joe Hoppe (R-34B), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-5066
rep.joe.hoppe@house.mn 

Tim Kelly (R-28A), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-8635
rep.tim.kelly@house.mn

Jenifer Loon (R-42B), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-7449
rep.jenifer.loon@house.mn 

Paul Torkelson (R-21B), Assistant Majority Leader
(651) 296-9303
rep.paul.torkelson@house.mn

Greg Davids (R-31B), Speaker Pro Tempore
(651) 296-9278
rep.greg.davids@house.mn 

Mary Liz Holberg (R-36A), Speaker Pro Tempore
(651) 296-6926
rep.maryliz.holberg@house.mn 

Morrie Lanning (R-9A), Speaker Pro Tempore
(651) 296-5515
rep.morrie.lanning@house.mn

Torrey Westrom (R-11A), Speaker Pro Tempore
(651) 296-4929
rep.torrey.westrom@house.mn

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