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Session 2015 Second Amendment Priorities

For the last two years, we’ve had to play defense, successfully blocking every one of the anti-rights bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. After the last election, though, the Minnesota House has a majority of pro-Second Amendment members and strong pro-2A leadership. This year, it’s time to push to restore our lost Second Amendment rights! Here’s what we’re working on this year:
  • Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment Bill announcement coming soon This fundamental right is guaranteed in 46 other states’ constitutions…but not in Minnesota. It’s long past time to enshrine this right in our own state’s highest law.
  • Legalize Firearm Sound Suppressorssuppressor-small Bill announcement coming soon These important safety devices, inaccurately called “silencers,”  not only make shooting quieter and more enjoyable, but can keep you from permanently losing your hearing if you have to fire a gun in your home. They’re legal in 39 other states. Why not Minnesota?
  • Ban “Emergency” Orders for Gun Confiscation* HF722, Rep. Jim Newberger Remember when police went door to door after Hurricane Katrina, confiscating people’s self defense firearms just when they were needed most? Governor Dayton could make such an order tomorrow. That option should be off the table.
  • Constitutional Carry Bill announcement coming soonPermit to Worship? We don’t pay a fee to speak. We don’t have to pass a background check to go to church. We don’t have to take a class before we can gather in a group. So why do we have to do all that to exercise our Second Amendment rights? Like all gun control, all of these hurdles serve to delay and deny a fundamental right to those who need it most, and can afford it least.
  • Stop Police Departments from Delaying Purchase Permits Bill announcement coming soon The Legislature gave police chiefs and sheriffs seven days to process permits to purchase a pistol or “scary black rifle.” Most do just fine, but some departments take three, four, or even five weeks to process these permits. We need to make sure that all public servants follow the law: A right delayed is a right denied!
  • Remove Redundant Capitol Complex Carry Notification HF372, Rep. Jim Nash/SF953, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsennotify-small Did you remember to redundantly notify the Commissioner of Public Safety that your permit info is already in her permit database? It’s time to fix this law, which stopped making sense in 2003 when the Legislature gave the D.P.S. $1.2 million to create that statewide database.
  • Self Defense Law Reform* Bill announcement coming soon Under current state law, your right to self defense decreases the moment you step outside your door. Court cases have completely rewritten the plain language of Minnesota statutes, to the point where you practically need a law degree to understand what your rights are – and what will get you locked up for life. Should law abiding citizens be coerced into surrendering their property, their right to move freely, and even their lives, to violent criminals?
  • Update Minnesota law on out-of-state purchase of long guns HF830, Rep. Eric Lucero/SF900, Sen. Matt Schmit Minnesota law is 29 years out of date describing the legal purchase of long guns in other states, leading to confusion and incorrectly denies sales. This bill brings the law into the 21st century to make it clear that a Minnesota may buy a long gun in any other state that does not prohibit the sale.
* This legislation passed the House and Senate in 2012, before being vetoed by Governor Dayton.