The hearings are over; the fight for your rights is just getting started

The first round of hearings is over…

…but the fight for your rights has just begun!

We’re the real grassroots:

As noted by statewide media, civil rights supporters like you once again outnumbered, out-organized and out-testified against rights-restricting gun control bills at last week’s Minnesota Senate hearings.

What’s Next:

Two committees — one in the  Minnesota House and the other in the Senate — will each be working on “omnibus” bills — great, big combo meals of gun control.

Based on the bills already heard in the House and Senate committees, these bills will attempt to:

  • Enact Universal Registration of pistols and sporting rifles, and make you pay for the registration

  • Make it easy for a police chief or sheriff to hassle, delay, and deny you a purchase permit (which will be required above), and make it harder and more expensive to fight that denial

  • Weaken the permit to carry law, making it easier for a sheriff to deny your right to carry, and make you pay for their violation of your rights

  • Make permit holders felons for accidentally carrying a gun onto school property

What you can do:

1. Call your own senator and representative! (Their info is at the bottom of this email. If it’s not, click the link to update your info!) The message is simple:

Tell them that you OPPOSE Universal Registration (what gun controllers call “universal background checks”)  — and so should they.

2. Call AND email the committee members:

Here are the members of the House Public Safety Committee (we’ll have the senate committee in the next email):

Rep. Michael PaymarRepresentative Michael Paymar (DFL) – Chairman



While Rep. Paymar is a strong believer in gun control, please thank him for running fair and even-handed hearings, and encourage him to put real solutions, not feel-good measures, into his omnibus bill. Remind him that there is much that both sides — and sheriffs and prosecutors — agree can help reduce criminal violence.


Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL) – Vice Chairman


Rep. Rosenthal authored HF294, which would gut the civil rights protections of Minnesota’s Permit to Carry Law by allowing sheriffs to deny permits on the weakest of grounds. Tell him he should be working to punish criminals, not law-abiding citizens.


Representative Tony Cornish (R) – Republican Lead


Give Rep. Cornish a big THANK YOU for his strong support of your rights!



Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL)


Thank Rep. Hilstrom for her strong rejection of registration schemes, as well as magazine and rifle bans and encourage her to persuade her fellow DFLers on the committee to work toward real solutions.



Representative Brian Johnson (R)


Rep. Johnson is new at the legislature this year, and will be under a lot of pressure to cave to gun control. Tell him to stand firm for our rights.



Representative Tim Kelly (R)


Thank Rep. Kelly for his consistent votes for gun rights.



Rep. Andrea KeifferRepresentative Andrea Kieffer (R)


Rep. Kieffer has been a strong voice in the fight for your rights, and deserves your thanks.



Representative John Lesch (DFL)



Remind Rep. Lesch that “equal protection” means just that — city folks have the same civil rights as country folks.



Representative Kathy Lohmer (R)



Please thank Rep. Lohmer for her strong support of your rights!



Representative Joe Mullery (DFL)


Rep. Mullery has been an opponent of gun rights for a long time. Remind him that if we work together, we can improve mental health and conviction reporting, and make our existing laws work better.



REp. Jim NewbergerRepresentative Jim Newberger (R)


Rep. Newberger is a strong supporter of your gun rights. Thank him for staying strong.



Representative Shannon Savick (DFL)


Rep. Savick is a rural DFLer who needs to be reminded that her constituents will not tolerate new gun control.



Rep. Dan SchoenRepresentative Dan Schoen (DFL)


Remind Rep. Schoen that as a police officer, he knows who the real bad guys are: they’re not the law-abiding Minnesota gun owners, and they won’t follow new gun control laws any more than they follow the existing ones.



Representative Steve Simon (DFL)


Rep. Simon is a smart, principled lawyer: he knows that the Supreme Court has affirmed the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right. He also knows that stripping due process doesn’t make us more free or more safe. But you can remind him anyway!



Representative Erik Simonson (DFL)


Rep. Simonson is a new representative. Remind him that gun control is DFL Kryptonite: it has cost the House its DFL majority before, and it will again.


Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)


Representative Slocum is a co-author on several gun control bills this session.  Tell her that focusing on the bad guys, not law-abiding gun owners, is the place to start.


Representative Mark Uglem (R)


Remind Rep. Uglem that the Second Amendment is not about hunting — it is a fundamental human, civil and Constitutional right, worthy of the strongest protection.


Representative John Ward (DFL)



Thank Rep. Ward  for his past support of your gun rights and encourage him to continue to do so.





If you’re just joining us, you can catch up on previous emails at

You can see the list of proposed gun control bills here:




GUN REGISTRATION bill on Thursday


Universal Gun Registration Bill – Hearings Thursday and Friday


The most dangerous bill this session is not a magazine ban, or an “assault weapon” ban. It’s universal registration, masquerading as “universal background checks.”


It’s called SF 458, and it will be heard on THURSDAY at the state capitol. GOCRA will be there to fight it. Will you?


SF 458, among other faults, would make you a criminal, punishable with up to a year in jail, if you buy or sell a pistol or cosmetically frightening rifle without doing the transfer through a licensed dealer (who will charge you $25 to make a permanent record for the federal government) or without the buyer getting a purchase permit (for which the police chief or sheriff will charge another $25).


Of course, these costly “background checks” won’t stop criminals from stealing guns, buying them on the street, or from sending their girlfriends and sisters (who have clean criminal records) into gun stores to buy the guns for them.


That’s because, of course, criminals don’t obey laws.


The gun banners know this any step to make guns harder to own and easier to take away is a win for them.


Whether you can come to the hearings or not, email and call your Minnesota senator and representative and tell them you won’t stand for it.


Don’t know who represents you? Look at the bottom of this email. If it’s not there, please update your info! We need to tell you about what’s happening in YOUR area.


Here’s the updated Senate hearing schedule:


All hearings are in room 15 of the State Capitol. You will need to arrive at least two hours early to get a seat in the hearing room, but there will be overflow seating with a closed-circuit feed of the hearings.


Please let us know if you’re attending (and which session) by sending an email to


THE WORST OF THE WORST of the bills, SF 458 – Universal Registration –  has been moved from Friday to Thursday.



Thursday, February 21


SF 235, 458, 69


Thursday, February 21

6 p.m.

Public testimony on SF 235, 503, 69, 458, 557, 520, 400, 413 and 568


Friday, February 22


SF 503, 557, 520, 400, 413, 568


You can read complete bill summaries at the GOCRA web site:


Don’t commit a felony! Please remember to notify the DPS as required if you intend to carry at the Capitol. Our simple instructions are here:






“Assault weapon,” magazine bans off the table (for now)

Your calls, emails, and overwhelming numbers at the Minnesota Capitol sent a clear message to lawmakers, and last night, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee told the Star Tribune that he will NOT pursue an “assault weapon” or magazine ban.


The fight is not over yet, though: there are still a raft of anti-rights bills coming up in the Senate on Thursday and Friday, and a new ban could sneak in as an amendment to any bill.


The gun grabbers hope that you’ll stop paying attention! Will you?

Call To Action:

If you can come on Thursday or Friday, we need you there. 


Senate Hearings:


Thursday, February 21, Noon

SF 235, 503, 69


Thursday, February 21, 6 p.m.

Public testimony on SF 235, 503,69, 458, 557, 520, 400, 413 and 568


Friday, February 22, Noon

SF 458, 557, 520, 400, 413, 568



ALL hearings will be ticketed, and seating will be first come, first served.


Please remember to notify the DPS as required if you intend to carry at the Capitol. Instructions here:


We’ll have more detail and analysis later today.