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Minnesota: Pro-Gun Bills Pass House, Head to Senate

Friday, April 17, 2015

Minnesota: Pro-Gun Bills Pass House, Head to Senate

Your NRA-ILA is pleased to report that multiple pro-gun bills passed yesterday in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  House File 830, House File 372, House File 1434, and House File 722 have all been sent to the Senate for committee referral.  These measures continue to need your strong support as they move through the legislative process!

House File 830, authored by state Representatives Eric Lucero (R-30B), Tony Cornish (R-23B) and David Dill (DFL-03A), passed in the House by a 110 – 19 vote.  HF 830 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 372, authored by state Representatives Jim Nash (R-47), David Dill (DFL-03A) and Tim Miller (R-17A), passed in the House by a 92-38 vote.  HF 372  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 1434, authored by state Representatives Tony Cornish (R-23B), Mark Anderson (R-09A), and David Dill (DFL-03A), passed in the House by a 89 – 40 vote.  HF 1434 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 722, authored by Representatives Jim Newberger (R-15B), Eric Lucero (R-30B) and Josh Heintzeman (R-10A), passed in the House by a 88 – 42 vote.  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 thank the authors of these bills as well as those Representatives who voted in favor of them.  

However, these pro-gun bills still need your help!  Please begin contacting your state Senator today and politely urge him or her to support the policies contained in HF 830, HF 372, HF 1434, and HF 722.

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