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Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Sent to Governor Dayton! Your Action Needed!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Sent to Governor Dayton! Your Action Needed!

Please contact Governor Mark Dayton immediately and respectfully urge him to sign SF 878 into law!

Late last night, the Minnesota House and Senate adopted and re-passed Senate File 878 with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.  The Senate passed SF 878 by a 55-9 vote which was swiftly followed by a 116-15 vote in the House of Representatives.  Senate File 878 will now be transmitted to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton for his consideration.  This is a huge success for Minnesota gun owners and sportsmen, but the fight is not over.  It is important that NRA members and Second Amendment supporters please contact Governor Mark Dayton immediately and politely urge him to sign SF 878 into law.

SF 878 contains the following provisions, as well as many other measures unrelated to Second Amendment issues:

  • 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.  
  • Align Minnesota with more than 40 other 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. 
  • Modify the Capitol Carry Notification provision.  Current statute allows permit holders to carry on the capitol complex as long as permit holders “notify the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety, as appropriate.”  This legislation would update and clarify the statute to provide that application for a permit constitutes “notification,” as required.
  • Provide a language change to help resolve carry permit reciprocity issues.
  • Legalize ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors.  Currently illegal to own under Minnesota law, suppressors are legal to own under federal law and in 39 other states.

With SF 878 being sent to the Governor’s desk, it is imperative that gun owners and sportsmen contact Governor Mark Dayton and strongly, but politely, urge him to sign into law Senate File 878.  Contact information for the Governor’s office is provided below.

Governor Mark Dayton

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