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Hearing tomorrow on gun rights omnibus bill – we need you there!

Support the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2011

The Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2011 (the gun rights omnibus bill) is continuing to move through the legislature, and we need you to keep the pressure on legislators.

Senator Gretchen Hoffman (R-10) has introduced SF1357, the Senate companion to HF1467. It will be heard in the Senate’s Public Safety committee this week.

Here’s how you can help get this important piece of legislation passed:

  1. Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, and urge them to support this bill. Their contact info is at the end of this message.
  2. Write your own Senator and Representative, and ask them to vote YES on HF1467/SF1357.  Find who represents you here, add them to your email address book, and put them on speed dial: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder.asp
  3. Attend the House hearing tomorrow at 8:15 in Room 10 of the State Office Building. We need a big showing, again, to show our support for the bill.
  4. Attend the Senate hearing later this week (we’ll let you know the moment it’s scheduled).  You sent a loud message to the legislators by packing the room during the House Public Safety Policy and Finance hearing.  We need you to send the same message to the Senate.

HF1467/SF1357 Summary

HF1467/SF1357, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2011, brings “Stand Your Ground” protections to Minnesota, restores the presumption that a person using self defense is innocent until proven guilty, enhances Castle Doctrine, prevents the state from seizing guns during an emergency (remember Hurricane Katrina?), extends purchase permits to five years, improves carry reciprocity with other states and requires the government to do its job to serve law-abiding citizens

The full text of the bill can be found here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=S1357.0.html&session=ls87

Here’s some more detail:

Adds Stand Your Ground
SF1357 brings “Stand Your Ground” protections to Minnesota, removing the requirement that an intended victim of violent crime must retreat from a place where he has a right to be before using deadly force in self defense.

Enhances Castle Doctrine
The bill also strengthens Minnesota’s “Castle Doctrine,” clarifying when and under what circumstances individuals can legally use deadly force to protect themselves in their homes and vehicles. In addition, it creates a presumption that, when faced with an apparent home invasion, carjacking or kidnapping attempt, a person may use deadly force in self defense.

Prevents Gun Seizures During a State of Emergency
Taking a lesson from the problems in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the bill also bans government agencies from seizing guns or ammo, revoking permits to purchase or carry, closing gun shops, or otherwise suspending our constitutional rights during a civil emergency — or at any other time. It also prohibits law enforcement officers from seizing a person’s gun, unless the person is arrested, or the gun is evidence of a crime.

Extends Purchase Permits to Five Years
The bill also extends the validity of handgun purchase permits from one to five years, adds an annual background check for people holding those five-year permits. It requires the Minnesota Department of Human Services and state courts to make their background check records available electronically to authorized agencies, including the National Instant Background Check system (NICS) — a process that was supposed to have been in place 16 years ago! This should reduce purchasing delays as well as ensuring that state and federal checks produce the same results.

The bill also borrows a page from the Permit to Carry law, providing a more robust appeal process for denied purchase permits, and requiring that police chiefs and sheriffs whose purchase permit denials are overturned must pay the applicants’ legal costs.

Adds Universal Carry Permit Acceptance
Of particular interest to carry permit holders, the final article of the bill updates our carry permit reciprocity standards, allowing people holding carry permits from any other state to carry in Minnesota (under Minnesota law, of course). This should result in a large increase in the number of states where Minnesota permit holders can carry, since many states allow other states’ permit holders to carry on a reciprocal basis.

Please contact Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee members and ask them to vote YES on SF1357:

Warren Limmer – (R-32) Chairman
651-296-2159
sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn

Scott J. Newman – (R-18) Vice Chairman
651-296-4131
sen.scott.newman@senate.mn
Newman is a co-author of this bill.

Ron Latz – (DFL-44) Ranking Minority
651.297.8065
sen.ron.latz@senate.mn

Barb Goodwin – (DFL-50)
651-296-4334
sen.barb.goodwin@senate.mn

Dan D. Hall – (R-40)
651-296-5975
sen.dan.hall@senate.mn

John M. Harrington – (DFL-67)
651-296-5285
sen.john.harrington@senate.mn

Gretchen M. Hoffman – (R-10)
651-296-5655
sen.gretchen.hoffman@senate.mn
Hoffman is the chief author of this bill.

Bill Ingebrigtsen – (R-11)
651-297-8063
sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn
Ingebrigtsen is a co-author of this bill.

Michael J. Jungbauer – (R-48)
651-296-3733
sen.mike.jungbauer@senate.mn

John Marty – (DFL-54)
651-296-5645
sen.john.marty@senate.mn

Mary Jo McGuire – (DFL-66)
651-296-5537
sen.maryjo.mcguire@senate.mn

Julianne E. Ortman – (R-34)
651-296-4837
sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn

Dave Thompson – (R-36)
651-296-5252
sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

You can email them all at once by pasting this list into your email client:

sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn; sen.scott.newman@senate.mn; sen.ron.latz@senate.mn; sen.barb.goodwin@senate.mn; sen.dan.hall@senate.mn; sen.john.harrington@senate.mn; sen.gretchen.hoffman@senate.mn; sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn; sen.mike.jungbauer@senate.mn; sen.john.marty@senate.mn; sen.maryjo.mcguire@senate.mn; sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn; sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

Need that with commas instead? No problem!

sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn, sen.scott.newman@senate.mn, sen.ron.latz@senate.mn, sen.barb.goodwin@senate.mn, sen.dan.hall@senate.mn, sen.john.harrington@senate.mn, sen.gretchen.hoffman@senate.mn, sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn, sen.mike.jungbauer@senate.mn, sen.john.marty@senate.mn, sen.maryjo.mcguire@senate.mn, sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn, sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

Please contact House Judiciary Committee members and ask them to vote YES on HF1467:

Steve Smith (R-33A) Chairman
651-296-9188
rep.steve.smith@house.mn
Smith is a co-author of HF1467, and voted for it in the Public Safety committee. Thank him for his vote and encourage him to do the same in the Judiciary Committee

Ron Shimanski (R-18A) Vice Chairman
651-296-1534
rep.ron.shimanski@house.mn
Shimanski is a co-author of HF1467. Tell him thanks!

Sheldon Johnson (DFL-67B) DFL Leadership
651-296-4201
rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn
Johnson voted against HF1467 in the Public Safety committee. Urge him to vote to YES for civil rights!

Diane Anderson (R-38A)
651-296-3533
rep.diane.anderson@house.mn

Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-58B)
651-296-8659
rep.bobby.champion@house.mn

Tony Cornish (R-24B)
651-296-4240
rep.tony.cornish@house.mn
Cornish is the chief author of HF1467. Tell him thanks!

Glenn Gruenhagen (R-25A)
651-296-4229
rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn
Gruenhagen voted for HF1467 in the Public Safety committee. Thank him for his vote and encourage him to do the same in the Judiciary Committee.

Debra Hilstrom (DFL-46B)
651-296-3709
rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn

John Kriesel (R-57A)
651-296-4342
rep.john.kriesel@house.mn
Kriesel voted for HF1467 in the Public Safety committee. Thank him for his vote and encourage him to do the same in the Judiciary Committee.

Carolyn Laine (DFL-50A)
651-296-4331
rep.carolyn.laine@house.mn

John Lesch (DFL-66A)
651-296-4224
rep.john.lesch@house.mn

Tina Liebling (DFL-30A)
651-296-0573
rep.tina.liebling@house.mn

Pat Mazorol (R-41B)
651-296-7803
rep.pat.mazorol@house.mn

Carly Melin (DFL-5B)
651-296-0172
rep.carly.melin@house.mn

Joe Schomacker (R-22A)
651-296-5505
rep.joe.schomacker@house.mn

Bruce Vogel (R-13B)
651-296-6206
rep.bruce.vogel@house.mn
Vogel is a co-author of HF1467. Tell him thanks!

Doug Wardlow (R-38B)
651-296-4128
rep.doug.wardlow@house.mn
Wardlow is a co-author of HF1467. Tell him thanks!

You can email them all at once by pasting this list into your email client:

rep.steve.smith@house.mn; rep.ron.shimanski@house.mn; rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn; rep.diane.anderson@house.mn; rep.bobby.champion@house.mn; rep.tony.cornish@house.mn; rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn; rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn; rep.john.kriesel@house.mn; rep.carolyn.laine@house.mn; rep.john.lesch@house.mn; rep.tina.liebling@house.mn; rep.pat.mazorol@house.mn; rep.carly.melin@house.mn; rep.joe.schomacker@house.mn; rep.bruce.vogel@house.mn; rep.doug.wardlow@house.mn

Need that with commas instead? No problem!

rep.steve.smith@house.mn, rep.ron.shimanski@house.mn, rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn, rep.diane.anderson@house.mn, rep.bobby.champion@house.mn, rep.tony.cornish@house.mn, rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn, rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn, rep.john.kriesel@house.mn, rep.carolyn.laine@house.mn, rep.john.lesch@house.mn, rep.tina.liebling@house.mn, rep.pat.mazorol@house.mn, rep.carly.melin@house.mn, rep.joe.schomacker@house.mn, rep.bruce.vogel@house.mn, rep.doug.wardlow@house.mn

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