Category Archives: Gun Control

Constitutional Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform introduced in the Minnesota House today!

Contact your local Rep.

Talk nicely to them.

Unfortunately mine is one whom believes Big Government should make all our decisions, including the right to protect oneself and family…

Today, in the Minnesota House, Representative Jim Nash (R, HD 47A, Waconia/Carver County) introduced two major pieces of bi-partisan pro-gun rights legislation.

  • HF 238, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2017, would reform Minnesota’s self-defense laws by removing the duty to retreat, expanding the existing castle doctrine in one’s home or place of abode, and simplifying and clarifying today’s confusing mix of statutes and case law.

    Today, in order to make the right decision about the lawful use of force to defense one’s self, family, or a another, a law-abiding Minnesotan must analyze their situation, process multiple statutes, and recall more than a dozen Minnesota court cases in less than a second – all while being faced with imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.

    This law would serve to protect law-abiding Minnesotans who otherwise could be prosecuted for making an innocent mistake while trying to defend themselves against violent attack.

    HF 238 was introduced by Rep. Jim Nash with 17 co-authors. Additional authors, including DFLers, will be added in the coming days.

  • HF 188, the Constitutional Carry Act of 2017, would make permits to carry optional in Minnesota. Constitutional Carry, also known as “permitless carry”, allows any person who is not already prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm under existing federal and state law, to carry a firearm without a permit.

    Permits to Carry would still be available for reciprocity reasons through the same process as exists today.

    The Second Amendment states “the right to keep and bear arms… shall not be infringed.” Forcing citizens to pay for classes and seek permission from government to exercise a fundamental constitutional right is wrong.

    Constitutional Carry is currently legal in eleven states – similar legislation is pending in more than a dozen states in 2017.

    HF 188 was introduced by Rep. Jim Nash with 14 bi-partisan co-authors

We Cannot Afford to Stand By

Get GOA’s Voter Guide Into as Many Pro-Gun Hands as Possible

Election Day is just ONE WEEK away.

The presidential polls have tightened up, and both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a dead heat.

If Trump is able to pull out a victory next week, Gun Owners of America will be pushing full throttle to purse an aggressive, pro-gun agenda.

These are just a few of the things that GOA wants to accomplish:

* Pass Concealed Carry reciprocity into law.

* Remove the U.S. as a signatory on the U.N. Armed Trade Treaty.

* Repeal every single anti-gun executive action that Obama implemented, including the gun ban on seniors, the draconian restrictions on gunsmiths and the limitations on private gun sales.

* Repeal the anti-gun ObamaCare law that threatens to use medical information to disqualify thousands of gun owners.

But if Democrats are able to use illegal voters to steal this election, Gun Owners have a massive job on their hands.

Under Clinton, our rights would be under their greatest assault ever.

Hillary Clinton’s gun confiscation agenda includes:

* Gun control by Executive Order, on a scale that makes Barack Obama look like a novice. If fact, she’s explicitly promised it.

* Banning private sales (because she favors Universal Background Registration Checks which ban private sales, unless buyers get government permission).

* Imposing a 25 percent National Gun Tax. As you remember, she went on the warpath for this in 1993 as First Lady. Not only would it make guns more expensive, it gives the feds a second set of paperwork to record your names, address, identity, and what guns you own.

* Appointing a radical Supreme Court to overturn the Heller decision. She has stated that she disagrees with Heller and that she will make that case every chance she gets. If Heller is overturned, the courts would no longer recognize the “individual right” to bear arms.

We only have a week left. And you can be sure that what happens on November 8 will have consequences for years to come.

Are you making sure that your pro-gun friends and family will be getting to the polls?

And have you viewed GOA’s Voter Guide — which analyzes every congressional race in the country — and distributed it to friends, family members, and gun shops?

There’s much to do, with only a little time remaining. Thank you for everything you can do to get pro-gun candidates elected next Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Larry Pratt
Executive Director Emeritus

 

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The AR-15: Americans’ Best Defense Against Terror and Crime

After the attack at Pulse night club in Orlando, Hillary Clinton looked past the obvious enemy – radical Islamic terror – and instead said “weapons of war have no place on our streets” and that we need to ban AR-15s immediately. AR-15s are fine for Hillary and her family. They’ve been protected by armed guards who use them for three decades. But average Americans who watch the news and feel genuine fear for their safety, and their families’ safety—Hillary wants to deny them the level of protection she insists upon herself.

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!