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2016 GOCRA Bill Tracker

GOCRA monitors gun-related bill introductions and progress in the Minnesota House and Senate.

GOCRA 2016 Bill Tracker

Every year, Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance helps write and pass pro-Second Amendment legislation, while fighting against anti-rights billls. On this page, we keep track of what’s happening on pending legislation.


GOCRA Position:
Support

Forbid the DNR from making new regulations restricting lead ammunition
H. F. 3209/TBD
Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-31B)
Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-08)

The Department of Natural Resources is attempting an end run around the Legislature, using rulemaking to continually extend bans on lead ammunition. This bill would remove the DNR’s authority to do so.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

“Red Flag” bill: Unconstitutional seizure of your guns before due process
S. F. 2980

Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-46)

Senator Ron Latz, always ready to do what New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg orders, has introduced a “red flag” bill, which would allow any family member, current, or former romantic partner to demand that a judge order your guns taken away. Then, you’d get to pay to go to court to try to get them back.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

Universal registration of firearms at time of transfer
H. F. 2897/S. F. 2493
Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL-54A)
Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-46)

Senator Latz’s gun registration bill, under the guise of “universal background checks,” would make a permanent federal record of every gun transfer, at the financial expense of the buyer and/or seller.



GOCRA Position:
Support

Minnesota cops not to enforce or assist new federal gun control
H. F. 2726
Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-21B)

Rep. Drazkowski’s bill would ban the use of Minnesota law enforcement or resources in the enforcement of any new federal gun control laws.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

Rep. Norton’s Gun control grab bag
H. F. 2415/S. F. 2269
Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-25B)
Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-64)

This bill won’t get a House hearing, but it exemplifies the gun-grabbing goals that the NYC Bloomberg gang would like to force on Minnesotans. This bill would:

  • Impose universal registration of handguns and so-called “assault weapons,” making it a felony to transfer those guns without going to — and paying — a federally licensed dealer
  • Require anyone buying these guns to have a carry permit, or to retake DNR hunter safety every five years
  • Give chiefs and sheriffs 28 days to issue a permit to purchase. They currently have seven.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

Gun “Buy-back” money
H. F. 2417/S. F. 2750
Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-25B)
Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL-51)

You can’t “buy back” something you never owned. This bill would waste your tax dollars to have police departments buy guns from the public. This would not, of course, have any impact on crime.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

No-fly, no-buy
H. F. 2580
Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-60B)

Rep. Kahn doesn’t believe in due process. This bill would deny firearm purchases to people placed on secret federal watch lists.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

Four guns makes you a “Gun Dealer”
H. F. 2416/S. F. 2268
Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-25B)
Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-64)

This bill would require anyone transferring more than three guns in a year to have a federal gun dealer license, or to use a dealer to do the transfer. This would cost you money while doing nothing to stop illegal gun sales.



GOCRA Position:
Opposed

“Gun Court” in Hennepin County
H. F. 2399
Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-53A)

While we support getting violent offenders off the street, we have little confidence that this bill will do anything to stop the frequent plea-bargaining and light sentences for violent criminals.

More importantly, this bill focuses attention on the tool, not the criminal act.


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