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Senate Capitol Carry Bill Withdrawn:NO NOON HEARING!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.

Gun control bills introduced in the Minnesota Senate: two hearings Thursday!

After the humiliating defeat of every bit of gun control proposed last session, you’d think that the gun grabbers would learn.

Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

We need you to make your voice heard at the State Capitol, this Thursday.

On Thursday, a Senate committee will hear two bills — six hours apart — that would infringe on the rights of Minnesota gun owners.

Gun Confiscation Court Orders

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, and would impose a back-door theft of personal property through exorbitant fees.

Capitol Carry Traps

Based on the flawed recommendations of lame duck Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon’s capitol safety advisory committee, and steamrolled by lame duck Representative Michael Paymar, SF2690 would impose additional red tape hoops to jump through, and “gotcha” felonies for permit holders visiting the State Capitol Complex. THE BILL WILL BE HEARD THURSDAY, March 20, at noon in Room 15 of the Capitol.

Bad information leads to bad policy, and the information presented by the Department of Public Safety at those committee meetings this summer was terrible: the DPS spokesman had no idea that the DPS managed the permit holder database!

This bill would create a trap for harmless permit holders whose meaningless, duplicative, unused notifications “expired.” A visit to any capitol-area building — even the Minnesota History Center — after this false “expiration” would turn a permit holder into a felon.

Disturbingly, SF2690 was introduced by A-rated Senator David Tomassoni. We believe, at this point, that he was handed the bill by his caucus leadership, and doesn’t fully understand its meaninglessness to public safety, nor its the legal trap it would create for law-abiding permit holders.

Between now and the hearings, we’ll be gathering support at the Capitol to challenge these bills — either by changing them to respect our rights, or killing them outright.

We need you there to remind your representatives who they work for!

Thank you for your support.