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Stand Your Ground tomorrow, and did you caucus?

Stand Your Ground Tomorrow, and Did You Caucus?

Two quick items:
  1. The Stand Your Ground bill hearing is tomorrow. Please call and email the senators below and urge them to vote YES on HF1467!
  2. If you attended your precinct caucuses last night, can you tell us whether the RKBA amendment resolution was proposed and adopted?Please visit http://goo.gl/Javog and fill out our brief form.
Please contact the members of the Senate Finance Committee, and urge them to vote YES on HF1467/SF1357. Their contact info is below: Sen. Claire A. Robling Committee Chair (651) 296-4123 sen.claire.robling@senate.mn Sean R. Nienow Vice Chair (651) 296-5419 sen.sean.nienow@senate.mn Richard J. Cohen Ranking Minority Member (651) 296-5931 Mail Form Terri E. Bonoff (651) 296-4314 sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn Michelle L. Fischbach (651) 296-2084 sen.michelle.fischbach@senate.mn Barb Goodwin (651) 296-4334 Mail Form David W. Hann (651) 296-1749 Mail Form Bill Ingebrigtsen (651) 297-8063 sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn Keith Langseth (651) 296-3205 Mail Form Doug Magnus (651) 296-5650 sen.doug.magnus@senate.mn Scott J. Newman (651) 296-4131 sen.scott.newman@senate.mn Gen Olson (651) 296-1282 sen.gen.olson@senate.mn Mike Parry (651) 296-9457 sen.mike.parry@senate.mn LeRoy A. Stumpf (651) 296-8660 Mail Form Linda Higgins (651) 296-9246 sen.linda.higgins@senate.mn
You can email many of them at once by pasting this list into your email client: sen.claire.robling@senate.mn ; sen.sean.nienow@senate.mn ; sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn ; sen.michelle.fischbach@senate.mn ; sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn ; sen.doug.magnus@senate.mn ; sen.scott.newman@senate.mn ; sen.gen.olson@senate.mn ; sen.mike.parry@senate.mn ; sen.linda.higgins@senate.mn Need that with commas instead? No problem!
sen.claire.robling@senate.mn , sen.sean.nienow@senate.mn , sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn , sen.michelle.fischbach@senate.mn , sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn , sen.doug.magnus@senate.mn , sen.scott.newman@senate.mn , sen.gen.olson@senate.mn , sen.mike.parry@senate.mn , sen.linda.higgins@senate.mn If you use those lists above, don’t forget these senators: Richard J. Cohen’s Mail Form Barb Goodwin’s Mail Form David W. Hann’s Mail Form Keith Langseth’s Mail Form LeRoy A. Stumpf’s Mail Form
Here’s some background on the bill:

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.
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