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Minnesota: NRA-Backed Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill Moving to the state Senate floor

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Today, one of the NRA’s top legislative priorities, House File 1467, passed in the state Senate Finance Committee by a 10 to 5 vote. HF 1467 will now be considered and voted on by the full state Senate.  Last year, HF 1467 passed in the state House by a 79 to 50 vote and this state Senate vote is the final hurdle to get this important omnibus pro-gun bill to the Governor.  A floor consideration date has not been set, but the NRA will update you when action is imminent. In the meantime, please call AND email your state Senator and urge him to pass HF 1467 quickly and help send this important legislation to the Governor.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

The following ten state Senators voted for HF 1467: Michelle Fishbach (R-14), David Hann (R-42), Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-11), Doug Magnus (R-22), Sean Neinow (R-17), Scott Neuman (R-18), Gen Olson (R-33), Mike Parry (R-26), Clarie Robling (R-35) and LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-1).

The following five state Senators voted against HF 1467: Terri Bonoff (DFL-43), Richard Cohen (DFL-64), Barb Goodwin (DFL-50), Linda Higgins (DFL-58) and Keith Langseth (DFL-9).

The anti-gun forces are using every means possible to keep HF 1467 from passing and becoming law, so it is imperative that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support HF 1467.  Also, forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners. Urge them to contact their state Senator in support of HF 1467.

HF 1467 contains three important firearm policy improvements:

Stand Your Ground:
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, Minnesota only has reciprocal agreements with fifteen states and twenty-three states recognize Minnesota's permit to carry.  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 for self-defense 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.

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