Gun owners group loses bid to allow permit carriers to bring guns to the Minnesota State Fair

Gun owners group loses bid to allow permit carriers to bring guns to the Minnesota State Fair

Gun rights advocates Tim Christopher, Rob Doar, Bryan Strawser and Sarah Cade Hauptman are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to let State Fair visitors carry firearms. A judge ruled Wednesday that people with permits to carry firearms cannot bring their guns into the Minnesota State Fair, which opens Thursday. Ramsey County District Court Judge Laura Nelson issued the 13-page order denying the request from the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus on behalf of two Twin Cities residents. Nelson weighed several factors, ultimately concluding that the gun caucus didn’t meet the legal threshold required for an order allowing them to carry guns at the fair. The judge’s order noted that judicial orders are to be issued “only in clear cases, reasonably free from doubt.” She questioned whether the group even had legal grounds to sue let alone whether the caucus could win after a trial. Earlier this month, the caucus sued Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, whose agency is providing security at the fair, and the State Agricultural Society, which runs the end-of-summer event. The fair’s website lists “weapons or objects that appear to be weapons” among a host of prohibited items. Signs at entrances say, “Minnesota State Fair bans guns in these premises.” For the first time this year, walk-through metal detectors will be at the gates. The gun owners’ lawsuit said that Minnesotans who hold a valid permit to carry a pistol could be unfairly excluded or ejected from the fair. But Nelson said state law didn’t create a […]

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