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Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Awaiting House Vote

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Minnesota: Pro-Gun Legislation Awaiting House Vote

Your NRA-ILA is pleased to report that many pro-gun bills have been reported out of the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee and are eligible for consideration on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives.  These measures continue to need your strong support and they have not yet been scheduled for a vote in the House.  House leadership needs to hear from you today!  Please contact members of House leadership and request they schedule votes for the following important pro-gun bills.

House File 722, authored by Representatives Jim Newberger (R-15B), Eric Lucero (R-30B) and Josh Heintzeman (R-10A), would prohibit any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful possession, carrying, transfer, transportation and defensive use of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency, like the actions that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This important language was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate in 2012, but was part of a bill which Governor Dayton vetoed.

House File 830, authored by state Representatives Eric Lucero (R-30B), Tony Cornish (R-23B) and David Dill (DFL-03A), would align Minnesota with more than 40 states that have conformed their statutes to federal law so that their residents can purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  Currently, Minnesota statute affirms that residents may purchase long guns in Minnesota and bordering states, but remains silent on whether or not residents might purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.

House File 1434, authored by state Representatives Tony Cornish (R-23B), Mark Anderson (R-09A), and David Dill (DFL-03A), would legalize ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors.  For more information on this legislation and the benefits of shooting suppressed, click here.

House File 372, authored by state Representatives Jim Nash (R-47), David Dill (DFL-03A) and Tim Miller (R-17A), modifies the Capitol Carry Notification provision.  Current statute allows permit holders to carry on the capitol complex as long as the permit holder “so notify the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety, as appropriate.”  This legislation would update and clarify the statute to provide that application for permit constitutes “notification,” as required.

House File 305, authored by state Representatives Dan Fabian (R-01A), Steve Green (R-02B) and David Dill (DFL-30A), would amend the Minnesota Personal Protection Act to recognize the North Dakota permit to carry as valid in Minnesota to establish reciprocity between the two states.  

These pro-gun bills will need your strong support to continue their progress through the Legislature and receive the Governor’s signature.  Please contact House leadership and your state Representative TODAY and urge them to SUPPORT HF 722, HF 830, HF 1434, HF 372 and HF 305.

 

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