In the coming days, GOCRA will give you summaries of each of the bills that will be heard at the hearings THIS week. Please take time to look at the dangerous implications of these bills, and contact the members of the House Public Safety Finance and Policy, and your own representatives.
Mental health screening improved for persons applying for firearm permits.
This bill gives Police and Sheriffs additional power, with no accountability when processing your permit to carry, or permit to purchase, and weakens your ability to appeal a denial. Also, one thing they are hoping you won’t notice, it denies non-residents the right to carry in Minnesota.
PROVE YOU’RE SANE
Current MN law allows a Sheriff or Police chief to deny your permit application if he believes “that there exists a substantial likelihood that the applicant is a danger to self, or the public.
This bill lowers the threshold required for a Sheriff or Police Chief to deny the permit from “substantial likelihood” to “likelihood”. While that seems like a minor adjustment, it can pose significant problems for someone attempting to appeal a wrongful denial.
What is far more shocking, this bill will give law enforcement the ability to require you to obtain a letter from a state licensed primary care physician or state certified mental health professional before they process your application.
Amazingly, after this embarrassing harassment, once you’ve provided the letter they are under no obligation to take it into consideration.
Currently, if you are wrongfully denied, you can appeal the decision to the district court.
However, this bill significantly lowers your ability to successfully appeal an improper denial by lowering the threshold of the evidence required to deny your rights.
Currently, if there is “clear and convincing evidence” that you pose a danger to self or others, your permit appeal can be denied.
This bill seeks to significantly lower the threshold to “a preponderance of the evidence”. This means that if in the eyes of the court there is a slight chance you pose a danger to self or others, your appeal can be denied, sticking you with legal fees and a loss of your rights.
NON RESIDENTS RIGHTS DENIED
In order to carry in Minnesota, even non-residents have to take a carry class from a state-approved instructor, and follow the EXACT same process as a resident. Even though these people have been going through the exact same class, have needed to meet the exact same criteria, and go through the exact same application process, this bill assaults the rights of people who work in, visit, and pass through Minnesota with absolutely no cause.
We need you to get involved. Contact the members of the committee below, and show up on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. Make it clear that law-abiding citizens will not stand for assaults on our rights, and legislation that will do nothing to prevent criminals from getting firearms.
House Public Safety Committee:
Representative Michael Paymar (DFL) – Chairman
Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL) – Vice Chairman
Representative Tony Cornish (R) – Republican Lead
Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
Representative Brian Johnson (R)
Representative Tim Kelly (R)
Representative Andrea Kieffer (R)
Representative John Lesch (DFL)
Representative Kathy Lohmer (R)
Representative Joe Mullery (DFL)
Representative Jim Newberger (R)
Representative Shannon Savick (DFL)
Representative Dan Schoen (DFL)
Representative Steve Simon (DFL)
Representative Erik Simonson (DFL)
Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)
Representative Mark Uglem (R)
Representative John Ward (DFL)