Win For Minnesota Gun Owners!!

You did it!

Your calls, emails, and attendance at the hearings told our legislators that we won’t stand for any more infringements — and they listened. Today, Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen announced that the House would not be hearing any gun control bills this session.

No “assault weapon” bans.

No magazine bans.

No universal registration.

No confiscation.

GOCRA supporters flood the capitol for hearingsAs we told the Pioneer Press last night:

Andrew Rothman, vice president of the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, said critics like to point to the National Rifle Association as the “500-pound-gorilla” because the organization can send in professional lobbyists.
But it’s local grass-roots groups like his — where the power is people, not money — that make an impact, he said.
“Day to day, week to week, year to year, it’s the locals making those one-to-one contacts with legislators and our volunteer lobbyists who spend time at the Capitol for 25 years that make that difference. You don’t have to like us or agree with us to trust us, but we have that track record,” Rothman said. “By far, we saw that in the hearings in February and March, when the gun rights supporters outnumbered the gun banners 10 or 20 to one. That wasn’t an accident. It was because our people care. And there are a lot of us. And those who are out to restrict rights of others are in a tiny, tiny minority.”

The Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance has no paid staffers. Since 1989, the group has relied on volunteers and donations from Minnesota residents to get the word out, Rothman said. And their voices are being heard loud and clear.

What’s Next?

Don’t sit back and relax quite yet! While gun control is dead this session in Minnesota, in Washington, D.C., it’s still on the table.

  1. Call and email Senator Franken, Senator Klobuchar, and your Congressman or Congresswoman (see the end of this email for phone numbers and email links). Tell them that Minnesotans have shown how they feel about having their rights threatened. Tell them that as a constituent, you expect them to respect the Second Amendment.
  2. Call or email Rep. Tony CornishRep. Debra Hilstrom, and Sen. Julianne Ortman and thank them for their strong, principled leadership in defense of our rights this session. If your own reps served you well, let them know. If they didn’t, let them know that, too!
  3. If you haven’t yet signed up for a GOCRA membership, we hope you will. The next fight is always just around the corner.

Thank you for being a part of our winning team!

Gratefully,

Your GOCRA volunteer crew:

Alfred, Andrew, Bryan, David, Evan, Jason, Joe, Lonn, Mark, Pat, Paul, Rich and Rob
Please forward this email to gun owners and civil rights supporters, and ask them to sign up at http://www.gocra.org/join.html

Micheal Paymar, Politician, DFLer…Liar..

One should never trust a politician. Like a salesman they will tell you whatever the need to to get you to buy their ‘bullshit’.
Paymar stated in an interview today that he intends to bring gun registration (aka Universal Background Checks) directly to the House floor for a vote.

Here’s the quote in the Star Tribune today:
“On Wednesday he said, ‘The agreement we had with the Speaker is that Rep. Hilstrom would agree to the gun show loophole language, and that the Speaker would allow a vote on the House floor.’ But once that more limited bill reaches the floor, Paymar said, an amendment will likely be offered to re-insert universal background checks.”

Michael Paymar (64B, DFL)
563 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4199
Email: rep.michael.paymar@house.mn

Debra Hilstrom (40B, DFL)
379 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3709
Email: rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn

Sources:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/20/daily-circuit-background-checks
http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/199216651.html

Legislative update: good bill, bad bill, make the calls!

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We know you’re busy, so here’s the short version:

We’re about to turn around this session’s gun control around 180 degrees – but we need your help!

Good bill, bad bill

  • Gun banners have announced a new rights-stripping omnibus bill (HF237).
  • A bipartisan coalition of gun rights supporters have a alternate bill that punishes criminals, not you. They’ll be announcing it tomorrow (Wednesday, March 6).

What you can do

  • Call and email your elected officials (see the end of this email for their contact info) and tell them to SAY NO to the Paymar bill (HF237) and SAY YES to the GOCRA-approved alternate bill.
  • Call and email the House Public Safety committee (see below) and tell them to SAY NO to the Paymar bill (HF237) and SAY YES to the GOCRA-approved alternate bill.
  • Call and email the Senate Republican leadership team (see below), and tell them that we need a companion bill in the Senate right away.

Rep. Michael Paymar

House Public Safety Committee

Let’s show Rep. Paymar’s that Minnesotans oppose his assault on our rights by defeating his bill in his own committee. Ask them to SAY NO to the Paymar bill (HF237) and SAY YES to the GOCRA-approved alternate bill.

Representative Michael Paymar (DFL) – Chairman
651-296-4199
E-mail: rep.michael.paymar
You can suggest that Rep. Paymar simply scrap his bill and sign on to the alternate bill.

Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL) – Vice Chairman
651-296-7803
E-mail: rep.paul.rosenthal
Rep. Rosenthal authored HF294, which would gut the civil rights protections of Minnesota‘s Permit to Carry Law by allowing sheriffs to deny permits on the weakest of grounds. Tell him he should be working to punish criminals, not law-abiding citizens.


Representative Tony Cornish (R) – Republican Lead
651-296-4240
E-mail: rep.tony.cornish
Give Rep. Cornish a big THANK YOU for his strong support of your rights!

Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
651-296-3709
E-mail: rep.debra.hilstrom
Thank Rep. Hilstrom for her strong rejection of registration schemes, as well as magazine and rifle bans, and thank her for supporting the alternate bill. (One newspaper has reported that she will be the alternate bill’s chief author!)

Representative Brian Johnson (R)
651-296-4346
E-mail: rep.brian.johnson
Rep. Johnson is new at the legislature this year, and will be under a lot of pressure to cave to gun control. Tell him to stand firm for our rights.

Representative Tim Kelly (R)
651-296-8635
E-mail: rep.tim.kelly
Thank Rep. Kelly for his consistent votes for gun rights.

Rep. Andrea Keiffer

Representative Andrea Kieffer (R)
651-296-1147
E-mail: rep.andrea.kieffer
Rep. Kieffer has been a strong voice in the fight for your rights, and deserves your thanks.

Representative John Lesch (DFL)
651-296-4224
E-mail: rep.john.lesch
Remind Rep. Lesch that “equal protection” means just that — city folks have the same civil rights as country folks.

Representative Kathy Lohmer (R)
651-296-4244
E-mail: rep.kathy.lohmer
Please thank Rep. Lohmer for her strong support of your rights!

Representative Joe Mullery (DFL)
651-296-4262
E-mail: rep.joe.mullery
Rep. Mullery has been an opponent of gun rights for a long time. Remind him that if we work together, we can improve mental health and conviction reporting, and make our existing laws work better.

REp. Jim Newberger

Representative Jim Newberger (R)
651-296-2451
E-mail: rep.jim.newberger
Rep. Newberger is a strong supporter of your gun rights. Thank him for staying strong.

Representative Shannon Savick (DFL)
651-296-8216
E-mail: rep.shannon.savick
Rep. Savick is a rural DFLer who needs to be reminded that her constituents will not tolerate new gun control.

Rep. Dan Schoen

Representative Dan Schoen (DFL)
651-296-4342
E-mail: rep.dan.schoen
Remind Rep. Schoen that as a police officer, he knows who the real bad guys are: they’re not the law-abiding Minnesota gun owners, and they won’t follow new gun control laws any more than they follow the existing ones.

Representative Steve Simon (DFL)
651-296-9889
E-mail: rep.steve.simon
Rep. Simon is a smart, principled lawyer: he knows that the Supreme Court has affirmed the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right.He also knows that stripping due processdoesn’t make us more free or more safe. But you can remind him anyway!

Representative Erik Simonson (DFL)
651-296-4246
E-mail: rep.erik.simonson
Rep. Simonson is a new representative. Remind him that gun control is DFL Kryptonite: it has cost the House its DFL majority before, and it will again.

Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)
651-296-7158
E-mail: rep.linda.slocum
Representative Slocum is a co-author on several gun control bills this session. Tell her that focusing on the bad guys, not law-abiding gun owners, is the place to start.

Representative Mark Uglem (R)
651-296-5513
E-mail: rep.mark.uglem
Remind Rep. Uglem that the Second Amendment is not about hunting — it is a fundamental human, civil and Constitutional right, worthy of the strongest protection.

Representative John Ward (DFL)
651-296-4333
E-mail: rep.john.ward
Thank Rep. Ward for his past support of your gun rights and encourage him to continue to do so.

Senate Republican Leadership

Call and email , and tell them that we need a companion alternate bill in the Senate right away.

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David W. Hann (48, R)147 State Office Building
651-296-1749
E-mail: Use Mail Form
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Michelle R. Benson (31, R)115 State Office Building
651-296-3219
E-mail:
sen.michelle.benson@senate.mn
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Roger C. Chamberlain (38, R)129 State Office Building
651-296-1253
E-mail:
sen.roger.chamberlain@senate.mn
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Bill Ingebrigtsen (08, R)143 State Office Building
651-297-8063
E-mail:
sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn
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Warren Limmer (34, R)153 State Office Building
651-296-2159
E-mail:
sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn
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Carla J. Nelson (26, R)117 State Office Building
651-296-4848
E-mail:
sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn
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Dave Thompson (58, R)131 State Office Building
651-296-5252
E-mail:
sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

Minnesota: House Anti-Gun Omnibus Bill Introduced

Minnesota Anti Gun Omnibus Bill Introduced…The grab for our Freedom and stomping on our Rights continues..

Criminalizes Private Sale of Firearms

The proposed language would criminalize the private transfers of firearms with limited exceptions, and also impose new fees (taxes). Minnesotans will be forced to undergo a criminal investigation if you wish to purchase a firearm from certain family members, friends and co-workers. And even though antique firearms are not regulated by the federal government and do not require a background check for transfers – this legislation would require a background check for them.

This system can only be enforced with gun registration. And, as we know from experiences in California, Australia and Canada, gun registration enables gun confiscation—only from honest citizens—since criminals are not subject to registration nor do they submit to criminal investigations. It is perfectly clear that these bills are intended to criminalize and outlaw the private transfer of firearms between family members, hunting buddies and co-workers.

According to an internal Department of Justice memorandum, “universal” background checks will not work without requiring gun registration. Read the memo and get the facts here.

Makes Transferee Permit Discretionary

Under current law, an applicant can only be denied a permit to purchase a pistol or certain semi-automatic rifles if they are disqualified by objective state and federal standards. This proposed language would allow the issuing officer to deny the applicant the ability to acquire a transferee permit if they – based only on “documented past contact with law enforcement” – deem the applicant to be a “danger to self or others.” This provision strips the applicant’s fundamental right to possess a firearm without any due process. Minnesota should be working to rid its residents of the burden of having to acquire a permit to exercise the right to possess a firearm in the home – not making it more difficult.

More Regulations and New Fee for Transferee Permit

This proposed language would set a fee of $25 to acquire a permit to possess a firearm – currently there is no fee. It would allow the issuing officer to require the applicant to apply in person, be fingerprinted and extend the processing of applications from five to seven days and allow for an extension to thirty days. These unnecessary changes only impact law-abiding applicants and will do nothing to prevent criminals from acquiring firearms.

Weakens the Permit to Carry to Act as Transferee Permit

Under current law, a valid permit to carry acts as an individual’s permit to purchase for up to five years. This proposed language would only allow an individual to use the permit to carry to purchase firearms for first year of the permit’s validity – effectively requiring you to get a transferee permit and a permit to carry.

Rather than working on gun control, legislators should work on real solutions to existing crime problems, empowering the law-abiding to protect themselves and loved ones, and focusing on mental health issues.

As such, the NRA has worked with state legislators to draft an alternative bill that includes the following REAL SOLUTIONS:

  • Cracking down on straw purchases of firearms.
  • Strengthening penalties on felons that possess firearms or ammunition.
  • Improving reporting of individuals prohibited – under state law – from possessing firearms.
  • Improving reporting of court-determined mental health firearm prohibitions and creating a rights-restoration process.

Please contact members of the House Public Safety Committee and urge them to OPPOSE HF 237 and ALL new gun control proposals and to SUPPORT NRA’s alternative bill.


House Public Safety Committee:

Representative Michael Paymar (DFL) – Chairman
651-296-4199
E-mail: rep.michael.paymar@house.mn

Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL) – Vice Chairman
651-296-7803
E-mail: rep.paul.rosenthal@house.mn

Representative Tony Cornish (R) – Republican Lead
651-296-4240
E-mail: rep.tony.cornish@house.mn

Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
651-296-3709
E-mail: rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn

Representative Brian Johnson (R)
651-296-4346
E-mail: rep.brian.johnson@house.mn

Representative Tim Kelly (R)
651-296-8635
E-mail: rep.tim.kelly@house.mn

Representative Andrea Kieffer (R)
651-296-1147
E-mail: rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn

Representative John Lesch (DFL)
651-296-4224
E-mail: rep.john.lesch@house.mn

Representative Kathy Lohmer (R)
651-296-4244
E-mail: rep.kathy.lohmer@house.mn

Representative Joe Mullery (DFL)
651-296-4262
E-mail: rep.joe.mullery@house.mn

Representative Jim Newberger (R)
651-296-2451
E-mail: rep.jim.newberger@house.mn

Representative Shannon Savick (DFL)
651-296-8216
E-mail: rep.shannon.savick@house.mn

Representative Dan Schoen (DFL)
651-296-4342
E-mail: rep.dan.schoen@house.mn

Representative Steve Simon (DFL)
651-296-9889
E-mail: rep.steve.simon@house.mn

Representative Erik Simonson (DFL)
651-296-4246
E-mail: rep.erik.simonson@house.mn

Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)
651-296-7158
E-mail: rep.linda.slocum@house.mn

Representative Mark Uglem (R)
651-296-5513
E-mail: rep.mark.uglem@house.mn

Representative John Ward (DFL)
651-296-4333
E-mail: rep.john.ward@house.mn

THANK YOU for fighting for your gun rights — here’s what’s next

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Due to an email glitch, some people didn’t get this message yesterday, so we apologize if you get this twice. Please note that we’ve updated the probable Senate hearing date next week to THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21.

YOU FILLED THE CAPITOL
Gun rights activists — that’s you! — made a fantastic showing at last week’s gun control hearings at the Minnesota House. At the hearings, a dozen bills were introduced and debated. Eleven of them would restrict our right to keep and bear arms.

For an overview of all of these bills and what they mean, visit our bill reference page at http://www.gocra.org/news/reference/2013-firearms-bills/

But thanks to your turnout, and your flooding the legislature with calls and emails, there are already cracks forming in the support for these attacks on the Second Amendment:

YOU MADE THEM THINK TWICE!
Rep. Debra Hilstrom
Committee member Debra Hilstrom (DFL – Brooklyn Center), apparently sent hundreds of people this email over the weekend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding bills introduced regarding guns. I do not support any bans or the proposal for additional background checks.
Thank you
Debra
Sent from my iPad

We appreciate Rep. Hilstrom’s pro-civil-rights approach!

Rep. Alice Hausman
Representative Alice Hausman (DFL – Roseville), the author of the “assault weapon” and magazine ban bills, was not even in the room to present “her” bills to the committee. She left it to a gun control lobbyist, paid by out-of-state foundation funds, to pitch the proposals. Even the Star Tribune took note of this highly irregular activity.

Hausman later admitted to a reporter from the liberal web site MinnPost.com that she “doesn’t really know anything about guns” and “just sorta signed up.”

LET’S CLOSE THE DEAL – ACTION ITEMS
These bills stand a good chance of being shot down in committee. You can make that happen:

1) CALL and EMAIL Representative Alice Hausman and (politely) demand that she withdraw the bills that she didn’t even present.
651-296-3824
rep.alice.hausman@house.mn

Rep. John Ward

2) CALL and EMAIL Representative John Ward, thank him for his past support of your gun rights, and encourage him to stand by his values, maintain his GOCRA A-rating, and vote against these infringements.
651-296-4333
rep.john.ward@house.mn

Representative Shannon Savick
3) CALL and EMAIL Representative Shannon Savick, remind her that her district is filled with hunters, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters, and ask her to vote against these rights-infringing bills.
651-296-8216
rep.shannon.savick@house.mn

4) CALL and EMAIL your OWN state representative and senator and tell them not to support these infringements. If their info isn’t at the bottom of this email, please update your address using the link below! We need it to get you information specific to your area.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Minnesota Senate will have their own gun bill hearings starting, probably, next Thursday afternoon. If you can join us at the capitol to stand up for your rights, we need you there. We’ll send you more details as soon as we have them.

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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Letter to the Gun Grabbing DFLers in Minnesota..

The problems with the proposed ‘Universal Background Checks’ on private transfers include:

The existing background checks don’t impede criminals: Most criminals obtain guns through theft, straw purchasers, or through the same black market that moves other illicit goods such as drugs and stolen property.

Private transfer background checks would not have prevented the recent tragedies our nation has experienced: The murderers at Virginia Tech, the Batman Movie, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords‘ event in Tucson all passed background checks. The killers at Columbine had a friend buy their guns, and the Newtown murderer stole the guns he used after killing the rightful owner.

The already unreliable national background check system has experienced delays or halted sales nationwide due to errors, system overloads, and technical problems, and adding private transfers to the current system will further overload it and cost taxpayers millions of additional dollars that could instead be spent on programs that would actually reduce crime.

Firearms purchased legitimately through private transfers are rarely used in violent crime. There are, however, numerous instances of persons in immediate need of a firearm for self-defense being unreasonably delayed days to weeks by the current “instant” background check system.

If all firearms transfers require government permission to proceed, then the government need only withhold that permission in order to halt all legal transfers. A right delayed is a right denied.

Private transfer background checks also represent a step toward federal registration of guns and gun owners, which is something that has been historically demonstrated to be of little use for stopping or tracking criminals.

Don’t just Do Something; Do Something that Works:

Keep violent criminals behind bars: While keeping guns away from criminals and lunatics is very difficult in a free society, keeping criminals and lunatics where they cannot get their hands on guns has proven to be extremely effective. Violent crime has been reduced by more than 50% in the past 20 years even though the number of guns and gun owners has gone up dramatically during that time.

Put an end to imaginary Gun-Free Zones: Millions of armed, responsible citizens walk the streets of this nation every day without incident. It is ludicrous to suggest that these same people cannot be trusted around schools, churches, or government buildings. Firearms misuse among lawful carriers is extremely rare, and though they have often stopped criminals in their tracks, a person legally carrying a firearm shooting the wrong person or innocent bystanders is almost unheard of. A cardboard sign declaring a space to be “gun-free” is naive, irresponsible, and an invitation to predators.

Restricting lawful access and use of guns will never deny illicit access and use of guns. The National Coalition to Stop the Ban are representatives of groups and organizations all over the nation. With the attached letter, we put on notice any politician, firearms industry member, or organization that we are determined to protect, defend, and extend Second Amendment rights by every means at our disposal.

Committee Chair

Michael Paymar (DFL)
563 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4199
E-mail: rep.michael.paymar@house.mn

Representative Paul Rosenthal

Vice Chair

Paul Rosenthal (DFL)
501 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7803
E-mail: rep.paul.rosenthal@house.mn

Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
379 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3709
E-mail: rep.debra.hilstrom@house.mn

Representative John Lesch

John Lesch (DFL)
537 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4224
E-mail: rep.john.lesch@house.mn

Representative Joe Mullery

Joe Mullery (DFL)
403 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4262
E-mail: rep.joe.mullery@house.mn

Shannon Savick (DFL)
539 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8216
E-mail: rep.shannon.savick@house.mn

Dan Schoen (DFL)
533 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4342
E-mail: rep.dan.schoen@house.mn

Representative Steve Simon

Steve Simon (DFL)
473 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9889
E-mail: rep.steve.simon@house.mn

Representative Erik Simonson

Erik Simonson (DFL)
429 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4246
E-mail: rep.erik.simonson@house.mn

Representative Linda Slocum

Linda Slocum (DFL)
415 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7158
E-mail: rep.linda.slocum@house.mn

John Ward (DFL)
375 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4333
E-mail: rep.john.ward@house.mn

Representative Lyndon Carlson Sr.

ex-officio Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL)
479 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4255
E-mail: rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn

And remember…Some walked out of the hearings this week when it was the Pro Gun’s time to speak…