During today’s session, state Representative Dan Schoen (DFL 54A) is planning to offer two anti-gun amendments to House File 3467, an omnibus bill which includes public safety provisions. These two egregious amendments aim to restrict the Second Amendments rights of law-abiding citizens by expanding the list of places where law-abiding gun owners are prohibited from carrying and possessing firearms and requiring background checks for every firearm transfer in the state. Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE these two amendments!
The first proposed amendment would expand the list of places where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from carrying and possessing firearms to include courthouses and state buildings within the Capitol area. If an individual can lawfully own and possess a firearm, they should not be prohibited from exercising their fundamental right to self-defense outside of their home.
The second proposed amendment would expand background checks to all sales and transfers of firearms in the state of Minnesota. This amendment, much like other anti-gun legislation, is aimed at providing a false sense of safety while infringing upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners and those that wish to lawfully purchase a firearm. This amendment will do nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms and will only put an unnecessary burden upon law-abiding citizens.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 77% of criminals obtain guns through theft, on the black market, from drug dealers and other illicit sources. Criminals, by definition, do not follow the law and are not going to subject themselves to a background check to acquire a firearm. Clearly, this proposal will do nothing to prevent criminals from illegally obtaining firearms.