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GOCRA forces state emploment office to follow the law

Illegal workforce center gun ban sign

When GOCRA worked with out legislative allies to pass the Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act in 2003, we made sure that state and local government agencies wouldn’t be able to set their own rules around carry.

But sometimes, petty bureaucrats start thinking they’re above the law.

When that happens, we send them a friendly reminder of who exactly works for whom:

Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Commissioner,

It has come to our attention that the Ramsey County St. Paul WorkForce Center, at 540 Fairview Avenue North in St. Paul, has these sign posted:

Minnesota Statute 624.714, Subd. 23 prohibits any unit of government from restricting carry, beyond the limits established by the Legislature:

Subd. 23.Exclusivity.

This section sets forth the complete and exclusive criteria and procedures for the issuance of permits to carry and establishes their nature and scope. No sheriff, police chief, governmental unit, government official, government employee, or other person or body acting under color of law or governmental authority may change, modify, or supplement these criteria or procedures, or limit the exercise of a permit to carry.

We ask for your immediate confirmation that this illegal sign has been removed, and that other offices will be reminded of this limit on their authority to regulate the legal carry of firearms.

Sincerely,

Andrew Rothman President Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance

It took a second email, but we eventually got this response:

From: Clark Sieben, Katie (DEED)

Feb 1, 2016

Andrew,

Thank you for your email. This sign was removed.

My best regards, Katie Clark Sieben