GOCRA: Permit-Free (‘Constitutional’) Carry?



As GOCRA president Andrew Rothman said yesterday, the Second Amendment is too often treated as a second-class right.

Today, GOCRA allies Sen. Branden Petersen and Rep. Steve Drazkowski introduced companion House and Senate bills to allow law-abiding Minnesotans to carry a pistol without a state-issued permit card.

While these bills, filed well after committee deadlines, are largely symbolic, they do serve to start the conversation: are the hoops we have to jump through truly necessary to meet a necessary and compelling state interest?

Here’s how YOU win the gun rights battle: instructions inside



On Saturday, more than 1200 gun rights supporters rallied at the State Capitol to tell lawmakers to keep their hands off our rights.

It was a great start, but now the real work begins.

Here’s part of what GOCRA’s VP, Andrew Rothman, told the crowd:

If you go home and say, “I’ve done my part,” we lose. If you go home and figure, “those gun rights guys got my back,” it’s over.

You know who those gun rights guys are? They’re you.

Fighting for your civil rights is a marathon, not a sprint, so you better put on your jogging shoes.

Are your gun rights

What can you do in five minutes? Sunday, you can send an email to Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken’s offices, and tell them that you’re against any more infringements of your rights.
Monday, you can call their offices and tell them the same thing.
Tuesday, you can call your state representative and state senator, and tell them the same thing.
Wednesday, send them an email.
On Thursday, you’re gonna put in a lot more than five minutes. You know what tells a legislator that you’re serious? Go see them at the Capitol. Yeah, I know, on a work day. You might have to take a half day to do this, but it really works.
Can you imagine if your state representative had a different constituent in her office every day, telling her — politely — to leave your rights alone? That’s political power, my friends.
On Friday, you can reach out to a gun owner that you know who isn’t here today. Get her on board, and get her making those calls and emails.
Saturday? Hey, you did a great job this week. Go to the range. But since you’re going anyway, why don’t you grab a fence-sitter — someone who’s not sure about this whole gun thing.
Take them to the range! Ignorance breeds fear, and when it comes to guns in America, we got plenty of ignorance and plenty of fear. So, PASS IT ON.
There you have it. Make the calls. Send the emails. Reach out.
If your elected officials are anti-gun, do it anyway. Politicians understand the peower of the grass roots. If they don’t hear from you, they can go on pretending — and saying — that their constituents agree with them.
 Go to it. Put on those jogging shoes.
We’ll have more tomorrow on how you can fight (peacefully!) for your rights.

Please forward this email to gun owners and civil rights supporters, and ask them to sign up at http://www.gocra.org/join.html

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