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Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Moving Forward in House

Friday, March 13, 2015

Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Moving Forward in House

Yesterday, multiple pro-gun bills passed favorably out of their respective committees.  Thank you for your continued support for these important pro-gun bills!

The following three bills passed out of the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee by voice vote:

House File 830, authored by state Representatives Eric Lucero (R-30B), Tony Cornish (R-23B) and David Dill (DFL-03A), would align Minnesota with more than 40 states that have conformed their statutes to federal law so that their residents can purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  Currently, Minnesota statute affirms that residents may purchase long guns in Minnesota and bordering states, but remains silent on whether or not residents might purchase long guns in non-contiguous states. 

House File 1434, authored by state Representatives Mark Anderson (R-09A), David Dill (DFL-03A) and Tony Cornish (R-23B), would legalize ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors.  For more information on this legislation and the benefits of shooting suppressed, click here.

House File 372, authored by state Representatives Jim Nash (R-47), David Dill (DFL-03A) and Tim Miller (R-17A), modifies the Capitol Carry Notification provision.  Current statute allows permit holders to carry on the capitol complex as long as the permit holder “so notify the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety, as appropriate.”  This legislation would update and clarify the statute to provide that application for permit constitutes “notification,” as required. 

House File 722 passed out of the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee overwhelmingly yesterday by a voice vote. HF 722 will be heard again in the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee next week.  Authored by Representatives Jim Newberger (R-15B), Eric Lucero (R-30B) and Josh Heintzeman (R-10A), HF 722 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, like the actions that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This important language was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate in 2012, but was part of a bill which Governor Dayton vetoed.

Please contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to SUPPORT House Files 830, 1434, 372, and 722 when they are brought up on the House floor.  

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