Gun rights group sues to let State Fair visitors be armed

Gun rights group sues to let State Fair visitors be armed

Gun rights advocate Sarah Cade Hauptman Credit: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune A gun owners advocacy group went to court Tuesday on behalf of a Twin Cities preacher and a longtime fellow gun rights advocate in hopes of forcing the Minnesota State Fair to allow permit-holding visitors onto its grounds while armed. The Minnesota Gun Owner’s Caucus has sued Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, whose agency is newly providing law enforcement to the 2021 fair, and the State Agricultural Society, which puts on the Great Minnesota Get-Together. State fair officials were provided a copy of the lawsuit late Tuesday morning and asked for a response. Citing the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment protecting the right to bear arms, the suit says the Rev. Tim Christopher, of Anoka, and Gun Owner’s Caucus member Sarah Cade Hauptman, of Maplewood, “wish to exercise their fundamental, constitutionally and statutorily protected right to carry loaded, operable handguns on their person, at the annual Minnesota State Fair, for lawful purposes including immediate self-defense. “But they cannot because of the laws, regulations, policies, practices, and customs that [the] defendants have been enforcing and continue to actively enforce today.” The fair’s website lists “weapons or objects that appear to be weapons” as among a host of prohibited items. There will be walk-through metal detectors at all gates, and visitors will see signs at entry points reminding them that the “Minnesota State Fair bans guns in these premises.” However, the lawsuit contends, the fair lacks a written policy on regulating guns […]

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