Bad Moon Rising

 

 

Chairman’s Corner:   Bad Moon Rising

“There’s a bad moon on the rise.”
-John Fogerty

Anti-gunners have two tactics. One is the direct approach…the broadside blast of the cannons. We saw that last year with attempts for an assault weapons ban and magazine restrictions (among other unconstitutional restrictions).

They lost.  So now they return with a war of stealth.

As we predicted, a dangerous bill is rearing its head in the MN Senate Judiciary Committee: SF2639.

Authored by perennial anti-gunner Ron Latz, this bill has the support of Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden; the DFL is taking this seriously.

At first glance the bill appears to be a “safe” one, providing for the banishment of firearms from people with domestic violence restraining orders (OFPs) and individuals convicted of stalking.

It requires those who fall into the above categories to surrender their guns to a FFL holder or law enforcement agency. 

When we started MNGOPAC, we promised you that we will not bargain when it comes to our Second Amendment rights. We strongly oppose this bill as currently written.

OFPs are unfortunately often used under dubious circumstances in cases of marital separation and divorce. In many cases all it takes is one party saying that she or he is “scared”, and the court will grant a restraining order. Under this law the accused person would have to surrender their guns to either a FFL or a police agency, WITH NO LAWFUL DUE PROCESS TO GET THEM BACK. 

The bill allows for the accused to be charged a “reasonable fee” for storage. What’s reasonable? $10? $100? $1000?

There are laws related to the transfer of firearms from a FFL.

How much paperwork will be necessary to reclaim lawfully owned property if you turn in 20 guns? What about 50 guns?

What remedy is there if the police “lose” your firearms? Can they run ballistics tests on them while they “store” them?

We already have laws protecting true victims of domestic violence. Additional useless restrictions are gun control, no matter how they are presented.

Gun rights advocates have a difficult situation in front of them. The anti-gun faction of the DFL may try to pass this legislation without support from Republicans or even some pro-gun democrats.

It’s our hope that sensible voices in the legislature can get the language changed to remove the above infringements.

This is why we need to flip the legislature to a Pro-Second Amendment majority.

We need your help to do it. 

Keep watching our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and visit our website at mngopac.org for updates.

Zombie gun control bill? Not on our watch!

Zombie gun control bill? Not on our watch!

An update from the capitol:

Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) announced last night that he intended to resurrect a gun bill this morning, after the leadership had announced that there would be no gun bills heard this year.

We were able to mobilize a quick reaction from our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gocra), and we worked this morning with Latz and other legislators to ensure that only good language got through the House finance committee.

We are at the Capitol this afternoon, keeping an eye on things and making sure nothing bad gets added in conference committee.

The streamlined bill contains some genuinely positive improvements to the NICS system, which should help ensure that prohibited people are actually entered into the national system — and removed when their prohibitions are over.

The fact that the Sen. Latz and the committee voted only for a bill that met with GOCRA approval is a testament to the influence that YOU have at the legislature. Your voices, emails, calls (and maroon shirts!) reminded our civil servants who they work for!

If you value the work we do, please consider purchasing a membership! Already have one? Give one as a gift!
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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MN Senate gun control hearings next week: WE NEED YOU THERE!

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It’s time to let your voice be heard at the Minnesota Capitol!

We need you to once again show the Minnesota Legislature that real Minnesotans oppose infringements on Second Amendment rights!

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Ron Latz, a consistent voice against gun rights, has scheduled three hearings next week to discuss the numerous gun control bills introduced this session. They hearing times are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 22, Noon to 6:00 p.m.

While Senator Latz delayed public announcement of these hearings until Wednesday night, he apparently tipped off anti-rights groups early Wednesday morning!

We don’t know yet which bills will be heard when, but there are plenty of bad bills to go around.

We will watch the committee schedule for any last minute changes.

Please call and email members of the committee and urge them to OPPOSE infringement of your rights:

Senator Ron Latz (46, DFL)
Chair
651-297-8065
Email form
Senator Latz is a known foe of gun rights and has earned an F rating from GOCRA.

Senator Barb Goodwin (41, DFL)
Vice Chair
651-296-4334
Email form
Senator Goodwin has earned an F rating from GOCRA, and is author of three current bills to make it nearly impossible for a former felon who has served his time to have his civil rights restored.

Senator Richard Cohen (64, DFL)
651-296-5931
Email form
Cohen is a long-time foe of gun rights and has earned an F rating from GOCRA.

Senator Kari Dziedzic (60, DFL)
651-296-7809
Email form
Senator Dziedzic has earned an F rating from GOCRA for her consistent anti-rights stance.

Senator Kathy Sheran (19, DFL)
651-296-6153
sen.kathy.sheran@senate.mn

Senator Sheran has earned an F rating from GOCRA for her consistent anti-rights stance.

Senator Warren Limmer (34, R)

Ranking Minority Member
651-296-2159
sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn
Senator Limmer has been a staunch and consistent friend to civil rights and has earned GOCRA’s rare A rating.

Senator Dan D. Hall (56, R)
651-296-5975
sen.dan.hall@senate.mn
Senator Hall is a solid supporter of your rights, and has earned an A- rating from GOCRA.

Senator Julianne E. Ortman (47, R)
651-296-4837
sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn
Senator Ortman has often said the right things about gun rights and has earned a B rating from GOCRA.

We’ll share more details as we get them, but start planning to join us next week.

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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