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NEWS
Nick Hanauer hates big money but just donated $1 million to anti-gun initiative

Yet again, despite decrying the evils of big money, progressive activist and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer is trying to buy an election. At this point, I should just create a Mad Libs version of Hanauer hypocrisy. Hanauer previously donated a hefty sum to the Honest Elections/Democracy Vouchers initiative, which aimed to get “wealthy and political elite” from having such influence over elections. Hanauer doesn’t practice what he preaches. He donated $1 million to Initiative 1639, which would raise the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 and mandate training and waiting periods. It addresses a problem that doesn’t exist in Washington state and the latest from Progressives to weaken our Second Amendment rights.

NATIONAL REVIEW
Bloomberg’s Gun-Control Group Blames Texas Gov. for School Shooting external site

Everytown for Gun Safety, the advocacy group founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, ran a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle Tuesday blaming Texas governor Greg Abbott’s inaction on gun control for the shooting at a Texas high school Friday.

FOXNEWS.COM
Tucker Carlson takes on gun control lawmaker external site

Calif. congressman argues his gun control plan could prevent mass shootings and make our schools safer.

DAILY CALLER.COM
Obama’s Former Wildlife Chief Doesn’t Speak For America’s Millions Of Sportsmen external site

Dan Ashe, the director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama administration, recently penned an open letter on gun control measures he claims hunters support. He’s wrong. America’s hunters know that none of his recommendations would make us any safer, much less deter mass murderers or other violent criminals. As Ashe well knows, his proposals have nothing to do with hunting and everything to do with gun control.

WASHINGTON TIMES
Students safer in school than out despite shootings, statistics show external site

President Obama’s education secretary urged parents Monday to pull their children out of school to demand increased safety, but statistics show children are far safer in the classroom than out of it.

 

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Oppose the Nomination of Mark Bennett!

Contact Your Senators to Oppose Bennett!

Repeatedly, President Donald Trump has criticized San Francisco’s leftist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for assuming the role of “super-legislature” and blocking his agenda.

Yet, Trump has nominated a leftist, anti-gunner to fill a seat on that court, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved that nomination — despite GOA’s opposition to the nomination.

The nominee for the nation’s second highest court is Mark Jeremy Bennett, who, as Hawaii’s Attorney General, opposed the Supreme Court’s determination in Heller that the Second Amendment is an individual right.

Bennett also opposed GOA’s right to participate in the legislative process, which was affirmed in the Citizens United decision.

But, in spite of Bennett’s reliably left-wing leanings on these and virtually ever other issue, Trump and weak-kneed Republicans seem inclined to reward him with a promotion and pivotal seat on one of the country’s most important courts.

Understandably, Democrats are giddy. In fact, anti-gun Senator Mazie Hirono called him “refreshing.”

The left-wing Alliance for Justice, which has slow-walked all of the rest of Trump’s judicial nominees, approves of Bennett, calling him “mainstream.”

So here’s a suggestion: since anti-gun senators are blocking a vast number of Trump’s judicial and executive nominees, Republicans would be fools to consider Bennett before the entire backlog of conservatives has been approved by the Senate.

Think about it: Senator Chuck Schumer and his gang of anti-gunners are blocking dozens of pro-gun nominees.

If we reward them by passing gun controllers while blocking constitutionalists, we have every right to ask why keeping Republicans in power in the Senate confers any advantage.

So please take action. Urge your Senators to oppose the nomination of Mark Bennett.

 

Sine Die 2018…..

Last night, with just a few minutes before the midnight deadline, the Minnesota House adjourned Sine Die – with the Senate adjourning just a few minutes later.

And with that, we close the books on the 2018 legislative session and the 2017 – 2018 legislative biennium.

We’ll have more to say in the coming days and weeks about the legislative session – but here’s the good news now that we’ve reached Sine Die:

  • No gun control passed!
  • No gun control bills even made it out of a committee hearing.
  • No gun control amendments were adopted on the floor.
  • We saw the full anti-gun agenda exposed by many anti-gun DFL legislators and activist groups like Protect Minnesota, Everytown, and Moms Demand Action.

During the final hours of the session, Rob and I shared two brief updates on Facebook Live via video.  You can check them out here and here… in the videos, we address the possibility of a special session, the multiple vetos from Governor Dayton last night, and the road ahead to the elections.

This is YOUR VICTORY.  You made tens of thousands of phone calls, sent an untold amount of e-mail, showed up at rallies and committee hearings, and fought to ensure that our constitutional rights were protected.

Grassroots pressure is what moves the needle for gun rights. It’s something that can’t be replicated by anti-gun organizations and fake-astroturf groups.

THANK YOU for all that you have done this legislative session to support, protect, and defend the Second Amendment.

None of this would have happened without you!

We’ll have more to share in the coming days looking back at the session. Look for our Legislative Report in June along with our candidate grades and endorsements in the coming months.

This fall’s election is going to be a pivotal one – we’re going to need all hands on deck to ensure we hold and expand a Pro-Second Amendment majority in the MN House – and take back the Governor’s mansion.

Remember, the best place to follow our activities on a day to day basis is via our Facebook page.

I also hope you’ll join us for our Sine Die Happy Hour on Wednesday, 5/23 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm at Grumpy’s Bar and Grille in Roseville.  The event is completely free!

WHAT:                           Sine Die Happy Hour w/ the MN Gun Owners Caucus

WHERE:                         Grumpy’s Bar & Grill – 2801 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

We’ll be in the Hamline Room downstairs.  Turn left immediately upon entry and head downstairs

FOOD/DRINKS:             We’re providing appetizers (while they last) and there will be a cash bar available. You may also order                                          food from the Grumpy’s menu at your own expense.

We will not have a formal agenda, but Rob and I will give a brief recap of the legislative biennium – what went well, what didn’t, and how we’re going to kick some anti-gun ass in November.

We expect several of our allies from the legislature to stop by throughout the evening as well.

The event is completely free – please RSVP here so that we can plan appropriately.

We hope to see you there!

DAILY ACTION: Call your Senator TODAY to oppose anti-gun amendments on the Senate floor

Yesterday, Senator Ron Latz outlined plans to introduce two new anti-gun amendments that he will attempt to amend onto an omnibus bill on the Senate floor this morning. In addition, Senator Matt Klein is expected to offer his privacy-busting amendment that allows Minnesota to collect data about law-abiding gun ownership for “public health research.”

The Latz Amendments

Senator Latz’s first amendment is a watered-down background check bill that would require a private seller & buyer in a firearm transfer or sale to possess an MN Permit to Carry or Permit to Purchase.

The seller must record this information on a bill of sale with lots of personal information and keep the records. Police may then subpoena the record at any time – and if the bill of sale cannot be produced, the otherwise law-abiding citizen(s) will be charged with a crime.

You can read the Latz Background Check Amendment here.

His second amendment is a revised Extreme Risk Protective Order, similar to the Gun Violence Restraining Order or “Red Flag” bills that have been introduced in various forms, discussed numerous times, and were the subject of a House Public Safety Hearing on March 1st.

Senator Latz has stated that his changes in this latest version resolve the concerns previously identified by gun rights organizations – but they do not. This bill continues to make it far too easy for a court to deprive citizens of their constitutional right to possess a firearm.

You can read the Latz Extreme Risk Protective Order here.

The Klein Amendment

Finally, we expect Senator Matt Klein to attempt to amend his privacy-busting provisions onto an omnibus bill today that destroys the privacy protections set in Minnesota law for law-abiding gun owners by allowing the Minnesota Department of Health to begin collecting data about lawful gun ownership in the state for “public health research”

There is absolutely no need to collect data about law-abiding gun owners when researching criminal acts with firearms.

Supporters for this bill claim that data will only be used for public health research and will be “de-identified”, meaning that no personal information will be shared — but when questioned about what research is being stopped by our current data privacy protections, Senator Klein couldn’t provide an example.

We have not seen the text of Senator Klein’s amendment, but we expect it to look a lot like SF 2726, which was not heard in committee this year.

The Senate will be debating two large omnibus bills today:  The Judiciary/Public Safety Omnibus and the Health & Human Services Omnibus – the session is expected to go on for quite some time.

We have carefully reviewed these bills – and along with our partners at the National Rifle Association and GOCRA – determined that these bills are NOT in the best interests of law-abiding gun owners in Minnesota.

We urge you to oppose these bills.

Today’s daily action is simple:  Call & e-mail your Senator (and others, if you wish) and tell them not to allow gun control amendments to be added to the Omnibus bills today by any means necessary.

ACTIONS TO TAKE TODAY:

  • Call your State Senator:  Make it clear that your position is that no gun control amendments should be added to the Omnibus bills today (or any day) – keep the focus on school safety and protecting our children.
  • Follow-up w/ a brief email to your State Senator:  Reiterate your points politely but firmly.
  • If you don’t know who your Senator is, use this link to find out who to call.
  • If time permits, call a few other State Senators.  Here’s a handy list.

NOW IS THE TIME TO POUR ON THE PRESSURE.  DO NOT LET UP.

Amendment games will continue in the Minnesota House & Senate today!

Adding to yesterday’s committee amendment fun and games in the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing yesterday, where anti-gun Senator Ron Latz attempted to amend gun control onto an unrelated DWI bill.

We expect these games to continue today when Rep. Jim Davnie attempts to amend gun control onto an unrelated school safety bill in the House Education Finance Committee Meeting – and in the Senate, a similar effort may happen in the E-12 Finance Committee Meeting.

These are the sorts of amendment and rules games that we can expect from the hardcore anti-gun DFLers from the Metro, who will stop at nothing to try and pass their ridiculous gun control measures.

Today’s daily action is simple:  Call & e-mail education finance committee members in both houses to not pollute school safety measures with contentious gun control measures.

Warning:  These are big committees.  Start making calls early – but it’s critical that they hear from us this morning.

ACTIONS TO TAKE TODAY:

WE CANNOT LET UP ON THE PRESSURE – NOT FOR A SINGLE MINUTE