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THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION WHEN NOTHING (GUN-RELATED) HAPPENED

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THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION WHEN NOTHING (GUN-RELATED) HAPPENED

THE SHORT VERSION:

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned last night at midnight. Few gun control OR Second Amendment rights bills were introduced, and none passed. Unless Governor Dayton calls a special session, there will be no law changes until 2017, after the next election.

THE LONG VERSION:

At midnight last night, as required by the Minnesota Constitution, the 2015-2016 legislative session ended. Unless Governor Mark Dayton calls a special session, there will be no new lawmaking until January 2017.
From a Second Amendment standpoint, the 2015-2016 biennial session was a blowout victory: we passed suppressor legalization, emergency powers limitations, fixed carry at the State Capitol, got permit reciprocity with North Dakota, and clarified interstate purchase of long guns. There were NO gun control laws passed.
All of those wins were scored in 2015: In 2016, with bonding issues to attack, with an election looming in November, and with a strongly pro-2A House and moderately pro-2A Senate, neither Second Amendment supporters nor opponents showed serious interest in addressing gun-related issues.

GUN-RELATED MEASURES THAT DIED:

Lead Ammo

Rep. Tom Hackbarth’s bill to prevent the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from making new rules limiting the use of lead ammunition was rolled into a large natural resources omnibus bill that passed the House, but died in the Senate. Unfortunately, that means that the DNR may go ahead with its rulemaking plans, to ban the use of lead shot in a majority of wildlife management areas in the state.
If they proceed, we would need legislative action in 2017 to roll back that rule.

Real ID

No agreement was reached on a bill to conform Minnesota drivers’ licenses to the federal REAL ID Act. That bill had a small provision to reiterate the state law that prevents gun permit data from being shared with the feds. With the bill dead, there’s no current danger of that data sharing.

WHAT’S NEXT

Governor Dayton told the press on Friday that he saw no need for a special session. But with no public works or transportation bonding bills passed, he may decide to call one after all. We will need to wait and see.

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Insight: “Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.” —Justice Millard Fillmore Caldwell (1897-1984)

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