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ALERT: House Bloomberg bill hearing Tuesday morning

Rep. Paymar photoThe House version of Michael Bloomberg’s unconstitutional gun grab bill, HF3238, will be heard Tuesday morning in Rep. Paymar’s Public Safety committee.

As GOCRA testified to last night, the bill strips accused individuals of fundamental Second Amendment and property rights without due process, and imposes, practically, a gun forfeiture on such accused individuals. We will be posting a detailed critique on our web site this weekend, and will email you an update when it is ready.

In the Senate, bill author Ron Latz successfully urged his fellow DFLers on the committee to pass the bill, promising that the bill would be fixed after it was passed out of committee. This is, in the words of GOCRA co-founder and attorney David M. Gross, “backwards, upside-down, and inside out“: bills are supposed to be voted upon based on their actual, current form, not vague promises of future amendment.

Once again, we are asking you to wear maroon (preferably a GOCRA shirt!), and show up to show your support your support for all civil rights, including due process, property, and Second Amendment rights.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building, next to the capitol. We recommend arriving by 7 to help guarantee a seat in the hearing room.

If you have not yet, please remember that you must notify the Commissioner of Public Safety if you intend to carry inside the Capitol complex. (Just click the link to do it!)

Civil rights supporters flood the capitol

Senate Capitol Carry Bill Withdrawn:NO NOON HEARING!

One down, one to go

Yesterday, GOCRA and NRA representatives met with Senator David Tomassoni, who was the author-of-record of the bad Capitol Carry bill, SF2690.

As often happens in the Legislature, Senator Tomassoni agreed to “carry” the bill as a favor to a colleague.

Once we calmly explained our issues -with the bill, Senator Tomassoni, who has always been a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, told us that he was not comfortable with the provisions of the bill. As a consequence, this afternoon, Senator Tomassoni withdrew the bill from consideration.

This means that THERE ARE NO GUN BILLS AT THE NOON HEARING! You can go to school, to work, or stay home with your kids!

WE STILL NEED YOU AT THE 6:00 P.M. COMMITTEE HEARING — see below.

We thank Senator Tomassoni — one of our favorite pro-civil-rights DFLers, for his continued support.

This is why we don’t scream and shout — we explain and persuade. It’s how we actually get things done.

Read more about how GOCRA workds here.

Bloomberg Rights Deprivation Bill Scheduled for 6 P.M. Thursday

Civil rights opponent Ron Latz, chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced SF2639, a bill that would create de facto confiscation of firearms from persons accused of domestic violence. THE BILL WILL BE HEARD THURSDAY EVENING, March 20, at 6 p.m. in Room 15 of the Capitol.

While GOCRA has no love for wife-beaters, this bill goes far beyond protecting victims, imposing a loss of civil rights without due process, and would impose back-door theft of personal property through exorbitant fees.

Real results come from real Minnesotans

Real results at the Capitol aren’t accomplished by pounding your chest and screaming, “My way or nothing! No compromise!!!!11!!!” Try that, and you’ll get…nothing.

That’s especially true when both the House and the Senate are dominated by the DFL party — the party of gun control.

Real results come from real Minnesotans with a real track record for honesty and integrity, an in-depth knowledge of the laws and politics of our state, a constant presence, and many respectful conversations with legislators: educating, advocating, and persuading.

And it helps when that long track record also includes the ability to mobilize tens of thousands of gun owners to call, write, visit and vote.

Here’s the hard truth: We can’t make a legislator do anything. What we can do, though, is make them want to do something. What motivates a legislator? There are at least 201 answers to that question! We learn those answers because we’re there almost every day, and because people trust us.

The result is often invisible: everyone sees the bills that make it to committee, but you should see the ones that we kill before they land!

This effectiveness — the effectiveness that shut down 16 gun control bills in the weeks after Sandy Hook, that gotStand Your Ground to the governor’s desk in 2012, that got our shall-issue carry law passed — doesn’t happen overnight: GOCRA’s reputation at the Capitol goes back more than 25 years. We’ve been there longer than almost every politician, and they look to us as the experts on the law, and as the genuine voice of Minnesota gun owners.

Minnesota legislators know three things about GOCRA: We never lie, we never bluff, and we never forget. Combine that with the power of tens of thousands of GOCRA supporters, and together we are a force to be reckoned with.

Victory goes to those who show up. We’ve proud and humbled that you have trusted us to show up for you for 25 years.