Category Archives: Gun Control

Why is Your Rep. Still Refusing to Support Constitutional Carry?

Urge Rep. John Kline (R) to Cosponsor H.R. 923

Dear Kevin,

The move to pass national concealed carry reciprocity stalled in the House of Representatives last week.

Reportedly, the bill was temporarily shelved because of opposition from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. 

These two Republican leaders only want to grant national concealed carry reciprocity to more liberal states like New York and California, but not to most residents of the 11 most pro-gun states.

The reason you are receiving this email is that your Congressman, Rep. John Kline (R), is one of those Congressmen who doesn’t seem to think that citizens like you should be able to exercise their constitutionally-protected rights without getting permission from a bureaucrat.

Rep. John Kline (R) has steadfastly REFUSED to cosponsor the Constitutional Carry reciprocity bill that would enshrine the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

If we can get more Representatives to cosponsor this Constitutional Carry reciprocity bill (H.R. 923), then the leadership will be forced to protect gun owners from permitless carry states.

So far, your Representative has refused to cosponsor H.R. 923, the pro-gun bill introduced by Rep. Marlin Stutzman.

Urge Rep. John Kline (R) to Cosponsor H.R. 923

H.R. 923 would protect the growing number of Constitutional Carry states, where residents can carry as a matter of right, without getting permission from the government.

Constitutional Carry is spreading across the country.  In 2000, there was only one permitless carry state — Vermont. 

But today, more than one-fifth of the country has Constitutional Carry.  And more states are expected to soon follow.

Consider that state legislators have introduced permitless carry bills in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

It’s only a matter of time before these states join the “Constitutional Carry” Club.

Just as “Shall Issue” concealed carry legislation swept the nation in the 1990s and 2000s, we are now witnessing the next generation of carry laws — aka, Constitutional Carry — become law in state after state.

So it is imperative that Congress doesn’t pass a reciprocity bill that shuts out the freedom-loving residents from permitless carry states.

This is why the Senate has voted twice on its version of Congressman Marlin Stutzman’s national reciprocity bill.

The Senate version also recognizes the right of people from Constitutional Carry states to carry nationally, by simply showing a photo identification issued by their home state.

Urge Rep. John Kline (R) to Cosponsor H.R. 923

Sadly, Rep. John Kline (R) is only supporting Congressman Richard Hudson’s bill, H.R. 986.

Under this plan, if a gun owner has a concealed carry license from a liberal state like New York, they can use that license to carry anywhere in the country.  

But if a person comes from a pro-gun Constitutional Carry state, they are out of luck under H.R. 986 unless they seek permission to carry concealed and get registered like a sex offender.

Make no mistake about it: It is an important first step that your congressman cosponsored the weaker version of national reciprocity, which benefits residents of the more anti-gun states, but not pro-gun ones.

But your congressman may be under the misimpression that he can satisfy both the gun owners and the House leadership at the same time.

The House leadership will tolerate the Hudson bill, because it forces all gun owners to get registered.  But they will NOT tolerate the Stutzman language (H.R. 923) which promotes FREEDOM as the Founders’ envisioned.

Urge Rep. John Kline (R) to Cosponsor H.R. 923

So we must send a STRONG MESSAGE to the Republican leadership that gun owners want Constitutional Carry — and we do that by getting more cosponsors on H.R. 923.

That way, if the Hudson bill ever reaches the floor of the House, the leadership knows gun owners want the Stutzman language to be added to protect pro-gun Constitutional Carry states as well.

Otherwise, the primary impact of any reciprocity bill would be to discourage additional states from jumping on the “constitutional carry bandwagon.”

So please email your congressman, Rep. John Kline (R).

Tell him that, while you appreciate his cosponsorship of the weaker Hudson reciprocity bill, you hope that he will also cosponsor and support the pro-gun Stutzman bill.

And, if you don’t mind, you can call Rep. John Kline (R) as well by dialing the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and asking for his office.

When we generate lots of calls, it really gets their attention!

 

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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Coming Tuesday: Sen. Latz’s Gun Control Circus

Here’s the deal:

Under Legislative rules, it’s too late for any new pro- or anti-gun bills to move forward. Even knowing this, anti-2A Senator Ron Latz is holding a hearing on two DEAD gun control bills…and he’s doing it on the day that the anti-gunners are having their day on the hill.

Why would he waste everyone’s time, and your tax dollars, on this stunt?

1. The Bloomberg gun control gang told him to.

2. He wants it to look like there are big crowds to support gun control.

3. He can.

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Whenever gun control rears its ugly, racist, elitist head, we’ll be there.

If you can possibly arrange it, please meet us at the State Senate Building at 7:30 a.m, wearing your GOCRA shirt, so we can show the Senate, the media, and the state that Minnesotans don’t support gun control.

Should Hospital Staff Be Armed?

Should they?

We go to the ER and hospital and expect to be safe.

And if our safety is threatened by some nutjob whom refuses to follow the law and ignores some dumbass sign.

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Therefore it is within our right to protect lives. Ours and others.

If we as healthcare professionals are entrusted with our patients’ lives every day, why would we not be trusted to defend our patients’ lives with a firearm if a violent situation requires it?

The Obama administration does nothing to make this situation any better, with Obama constantly trying to remove our constitutional rights through pressure and executive actions.   The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are following in his footsteps and trying to push gun control in any way they can.

Rosenthal states “the Medicare agency faulted St. Joseph [Hospital] for the shooting, saying it had created ‘immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of its patients.’ Threatening to withdraw federal money, the agency demanded restrictions on the use of weapons.”

Source: Should Hospital Staff Be Armed?