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.
Firearm loss or theft false report crime established, crime of transferring firearms to an ineligible person expanded, and a person convicted of these crimes made ineligible to possess a firearm.
This bill would shift the blame from the criminal to the victim of a gun theft, and would actually make people less likely to report a theft.
LOSE YOUR GUN, LOSE YOUR RIGHTS
Anyone that has misplaced, lost, or had a gun stolen knows how scary that is.
This bill would criminalize those who “falsely” report their guns lost or stolen, slapping them with a gross misdemeanor charge, and the loss of their right to own a firearm.
This bill would have the opposite effect from the one intended. People would be reluctant to report their firearms lost or stolen, when they may have just been misplaced, because they don’t want to risk being charged with filing a false report.
This means legitimately stolen guns could go unreported for a longer period of time, as law-abiding gun owners don’t want to lose their rights.
BLAMES YOU FOR CRIMINAL’S ACTIONS
This bill also increases the liability on law abiding citizens and businesses who sell their firearms.
Under current law, it is a crime to sell a firearm to someone you know is ineligible.
This bill seeks to lower the threshold to “has reason to believe” the buyer is ineligible or intends to commit a crime. This is an incredibly subjective standard which can and will be used to blame people who made a sale in good faith.
We cannot change the law to place the blame on victims of crime and innocent citizens.
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)