We know you’re busy, so here’s the short version:
We’re about to turn around this session’s gun control around 180 degrees – but we need your help!
Good bill, bad bill
- Gun banners have announced a new rights-stripping omnibus bill (HF237).
- A bipartisan coalition of gun rights supporters have a alternate bill that punishes criminals, not you. They’ll be announcing it tomorrow (Wednesday, March 6).
What you can do
- Call and email your elected officials (see the end of this email for their contact info) and tell them to SAY NO to the Paymar bill (HF237) and SAY YES to the GOCRA-approved alternate bill.
- Call and email the House Public Safety committee (see below) and tell them to SAY NO to the Paymar bill (HF237) and SAY YES to the GOCRA-approved alternate bill.
- Call and email the Senate Republican leadership team (see below), and tell them that we need a companion bill in the Senate right away.
Let’s show Rep. Paymar’s that Minnesotans oppose his assault on our rights by defeating his bill in his own committee. Ask them to SAY NO to the Paymar bill (HF237) and SAY YES to the GOCRA-approved alternate bill.
Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL) – Vice Chairman
Rep. Rosenthal authored HF294, which would gut the civil rights protections of Minnesota‘s Permit to Carry Law by allowing sheriffs to deny permits on the weakest of grounds. Tell him he should be working to punish criminals, not law-abiding citizens.
Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
Thank Rep. Hilstrom for her strong rejection of registration schemes, as well as magazine and rifle bans, and thank her for supporting the alternate bill. (One newspaper has reported that she will be the alternate bill’s chief author!)
Representative Brian Johnson (R)
Rep. Johnson is new at the legislature this year, and will be under a lot of pressure to cave to gun control. Tell him to stand firm for our rights.
Representative Tim Kelly (R)
Thank Rep. Kelly for his consistent votes for gun rights.
Representative Joe Mullery (DFL)
Rep. Mullery has been an opponent of gun rights for a long time. Remind him that if we work together, we can improve mental health and conviction reporting, and make our existing laws work better.
Representative Jim Newberger (R)
Rep. Newberger is a strong supporter of your gun rights. Thank him for staying strong.
Representative Dan Schoen (DFL)
Remind Rep. Schoen that as a police officer, he knows who the real bad guys are: they’re not the law-abiding Minnesota gun owners, and they won’t follow new gun control laws any more than they follow the existing ones.
Representative Steve Simon (DFL)
Rep. Simon is a smart, principled lawyer: he knows that the Supreme Court has affirmed the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right.He also knows that stripping due processdoesn’t make us more free or more safe. But you can remind him anyway!
Representative Erik Simonson (DFL)
Rep. Simonson is a new representative. Remind him that gun control is DFL Kryptonite: it has cost the House its DFL majority before, and it will again.
Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)
Representative Slocum is a co-author on several gun control bills this session. Tell her that focusing on the bad guys, not law-abiding gun owners, is the place to start.
Representative Mark Uglem (R)
Remind Rep. Uglem that the Second Amendment is not about hunting — it is a fundamental human, civil and Constitutional right, worthy of the strongest protection.
Representative John Ward (DFL)
Thank Rep. Ward for his past support of your gun rights and encourage him to continue to do so.
Call and email , and tell them that we need a companion alternate bill in the Senate right away.