Category Archives: Gun Control

Guns ‘n’ Freedom

Guns ‘n’ Freedom

Guns and freedom come together or they go together.

  1. St. Louis Police Chief, “Most Gun Violence Committed With Stolen Guns” – 2015-04-18 08:40:42-04
    Six victims are recovering in the hospital after three separate shootings Wednesday in St. Louis and St. Louis police have had enough. The first shooting left two men with gunshot wounds around 5:30 p.m. in the 8600 block of North Broadway. According to police, the two victims were arguing with the two suspects when both suspects Continue reading here…
  2. Oregon Anti-Gun Lawmakers Hit With Recall Petitions From “Gun Advocates” – 2015-04-18 09:00:36-04
    Gun rights activists troubled by surging legislation meant to expand background checks for gun sales have filed recall petitions against three Oregon lawmakers. And they warn more could be on the way. On Wednesday, a Hillsboro man submitted paperwork against Sen. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro, and Rep. Susan McLain, D-Forest Grove — both of whom are in Continue reading here…
  3. Ohio To Recognize All State Concealed Carry Licenses – 2015-04-20 09:57:46-04
    If you have a concealed carry permit and live in another state, Ohio now welcomes you. It is now officially a law that you may bring your concealed carry into Ohio if you reside in another state. Here’s the official wordage, straight from the Ohio General Assembly Archives: Provides that if a person who is Continue reading here…
  4. Uber Driver Shoots Man Shooting Into Crowd – 2015-04-20 10:20:19-04
    An Uber driver put his concealed carry permit to use Friday night when he pulled a gun and opened fire on a man he saw firing a pistol into a group of people on a Logan Square sidewalk, according to prosecutors. Six blasts from his gun injured a 22-year-old man identified as Everardo Custodio according Continue reading here…
  5. Texas Embracing Open Carry – 2015-04-21 09:52:03-04
    The state of high plains drifters and urban cowboys has long been skeptical about open-carry of handguns, making the Long Star State more like New York than Arizona when it comes to guns out in the open. That’s now changing. Despite its reputation as a conservative bulwark, Texas has long acted more like California or Continue reading here…
  6. Gulfport Man Fatally Shot Attacker – 2015-04-21 10:10:00-04
    Gulfport Police say a man killed in a gun fight on Sunday at the Ashton Park Apartments appears to have attacked the man who acted in self defense. Authorities were called to the apartment complex at 12:01 p.m. on Sunday after a report of a shooting. That’s where they found 18-year-old Robert Johnson dead from Continue reading here…
  7. Guns On University Campuses: Colorado Edition – 2015-04-22 09:28:33-04
    Texas appears poised to join the growing number of states allowing licensed, trained adults to carry concealed handguns for lawful protection on the campuses of public universities and colleges. In Texas, as elsewhere, opponents offer a parade of horribles about the supposed results: heated classroom discussion of Sophocles will result in gunfights; students will threaten Continue reading here…
  8. Grandma Escapes Death By Pulling Pistol On Knife Wielding Thug – 2015-04-23 08:22:27-04
    A Fort Worth grandmother thwarted her would-be robber Monday when she pulled a pistol from her purse and scared her assailant away. Jewell Turner, 74, told NBC 5 she was waiting in her minivan outside of her doctor’s office, near the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and 6th Avenue in the city’s Near South Side, Continue reading here…
  9. Catholic Priest, “Trust God, But Carry Concealed Handgun” – 2015-04-23 08:34:34-04
    Ann Arbor Catholic Priest Edward Fride  recently sent a letter to his parishioners, warning them that the right solution to rising crime is not only to believe in God but also to carry a concealed handgun according to Breitbart. Moreover, Fride told parishioners they could “attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a Concealed Continue reading here…
  10. The FIREARM Act: No Citizen Should Have To Play 20 Questions2015-04-24 06:53:52-04
    We all remember then-Senator Obama’s famous mocking of heartland Americans who “cling to guns or religion” at a 2008 fundraiser. As a firearm owner myself, I wear this description proudly. I am not the only one. There are approximately 300 million privately owned firearms in the United States; a number that rises by 10 million Continue reading here…
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GOCRA 2A bills pass Senate; Dayton vows to veto


Pro-2A bills pass Senate, but Dayton vows to veto suppressors


Last night, the Minnesota Senate voted 40-23 in favor of our five pro-2A bills, with “yes” votes from all Republicans present, and 13 of 36 Democrats — but not your senator, Kevin Dahle.

The most visible bill, HF1434, would allow Minnesota to join 39 other states that allow its citizens to legally own firearm sound suppressors — after a ridiculously thorough triple background check.

That bill passed the Minnesota House one week ago, with a vote of 89-40, including “yes” votes from 20 House DFL members.

Vote tally

Your Senator Voted No

Your senator, Kevin Dahle, voted AGAINST your Second Amendment rights. Please call or email him (info below) and tell him that you do not agree with his vote.  Remind him that Second Amendment rights are important to you, and strongly influence your vote. Ask him to read our fact sheets at to get the REAL facts.

Dayton Promises Veto

In spite of this broad bipartisan support, Governor Dayton told news media today that he intends to veto the bill! He cited the same discredited objections that the House overcame — that quieter firearms endangered cops and citizens.

Governor Dayton is wrong: crime with legal, registered silencers is almost nonexistent, as a recent article in the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association’s magazine pointed out (see the article at

What You Can Do

We need your help to ensure that the suppressor bill, (as well as our capitol carry, emergency powers, reciprocity and interstate purchase provisions) become law. Can you jump in?

Please do these things right now:

  • Email Governor Dayton and encourage him to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.
  • Call the governor’s office and deliver the same message:
    • suppressors aren’t used in crime
    • they aren’t “silent”
    • they save our hearing
    • he should sign SF878/HF849 when it reaches his desk
      Telephone: 651-201-3400
      Toll Free: 800-657-3717
      Minnesota Relay: 800-627-3529
  • Email or call your state senator, Kevin Dahle (info below), and thank him for his vote. Ask him to push for the gun-related bills to pass exactly as they currently are: no amendments!
  • Help us spread the word by liking us (and our statuses) on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and asking your fellow gun owners to sign up for free at
  • If you haven’t already, please support GOCRA with a monthly donation or membership. Our ability to be at the Capitol every day depends on your generous support!


Thanks for being a pro-2A Minnesota patriot!

Did Your Senator Vote for the Anti-Gun Attorney General?

Senate Leadership Stabs Gun Owners in the Back
— Loretta Lynch is confirmed as Obama’s new Attorney General

“Eric Holder began disregarding the Constitution and laws after he was confirmed as Attorney General. Ms. Lynch has [already] told the Senate that’s what she’s going to do.” — Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), speaking in opposition to Lynch’s nomination on the Senate floor, April 23, 2015

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TAKE ACTION: Click here to contact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to express your deep displeasure with his role in pushing the confirmation of anti-gun Loretta Lynch.

Mitch McConnell leads the betrayal, joins with Harry Reid to support Lynch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his leadership team put a big, fat knife in the back of gun owners in connection with the confirmation of anti-gun Attorney General Loretta Lynch today.

Close to 50 senators had announced their intention to vote against Lynch’s nomination, and pro-gun senators were filibustering Lynch.

Not only that, GOA was prepared to work with Senators to invoke a parliamentary maneuver which would have killed Lynch’s nomination, because in the weeks leading up to the vote today, she didn’t have the 60 votes necessary to shut off a filibuster under Rule XXII of the Senate rules.

In fact, 43 Senators ultimately voted against Lynch, which would have been enough votes to continue a filibuster and keep her from being confirmed.  But more on that below.

McConnell shuts down the pro-gun filibuster of Lynch

Given the votes that were there against Lynch, McConnell hatched a plan to ensure she would be confirmed with no difficulty.

First, McConnell brought up her nomination — even though he, alone, could have stopped Lynch’s confirmation by refusing to move to proceed to her.  Then, McConnell filed what’s known as a “cloture petition” to shut down the pro-gun filibuster.  Finally, the effects of leadership strong-arming were evidenced by the fact that several Republicans flipped their votes (a.k.a., lied) and voted to shut down the pro-gun filibuster — in a move called “cloture.”

Many of the fifteen senators on this Liars’ List had openly committed to gun owners that they would oppose Lynch.  And they did oppose her on the 56-43 final passage vote — when their votes didn’t matter.

But, on the vote where we could have won with only 41 votes, many on this Liars’ List flipped their votes and voted for Lynch.

Consider, there were 43 Senators who voted against Lynch on the final nomination vote.  If they had ALSO VOTED against Lynch on the “cloture” vote — where only 41 opposition votes were needed — the Lynch nomination would have easily failed.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz excoriated the Senate Republican leadership on the floor today for the way they rammed this nomination through:

The Republican majority, if it so chose, could defeat this nomination, but the Republican majority has chosen to go forward and allow Loretta Lynch to be confirmed. I would note there are more than a few voters back home that are asking what exactly is the difference between a Democratic and Republican majority when the exact same individual gets confirmed as Attorney General, promising the exact same lawlessness, what’s the difference?

Loretta Lynch’s anti-gun record

Sadly, the Senate has put its stamp of approval on a person who is expected to try to implement the semi-auto ban, which she supports, by executive fiat.

Apparently, it’s okay with McConnell and a majority of Senators that Lynch stated, under oath, that she has no problem implementing Obama’s unlawful, politically motivated amnesty orders — even though a federal court has found them unconstitutional.

And Lynch went on to feign ignorance on universal background checks and Operation Choke Point’s anti-gun ramifications — even though she was under oath.

Of course, Obama apologists rant about how “qualified” Lynch supposedly is.  But think about it:  What if she had refused to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act?  Would Obama have simply chalked that up to a “difference on policy”?

Why, then, should an anti-gun advocate who spits on the Constitution’s Second Amendment be treated as somehow acceptable?

It is almost impossible to think of anything which would be different if Democrats were still in control of the Senate.  So now it’s time to hold your Senators accountable:

* You can see which Senators VOTED TO FILIBUSTER the Lynch nomination here.

* And, you can view the FINAL CONFIRMATION vote here.

In both cases, a “NO” vote is the pro-gun vote.

One Silver Lining

If there is one Silver Lining in what happened today, consider this:  In 2009, there were only 21 Senators who voted against Eric Holder to be Attorney General.  There were few Senators who were willing to stand against the Obama agenda.

But fast-forward to today — after several elections have intervened to put Harry Reid in the minority — there were 43 Senators who voted against Loretta Lynch.

The bad news is that we are still at less than a majority.  The good news is that we are getting close.

ACTION:  If either of your Senators voted wrong on cloture (or on the final confirmation vote), contact them and tell them of your displeasure.  If they voted right on both votes, thank them as well.

But most importantly, make sure you contact Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to express your deep displeasure.  You can use the fax number below or click here to send McConnell a pre-written letter.