Gun Rights Prevail Over Legislative Challenges

Gun Rights Prevail Over Legislative Challenges

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Gun Rights The extended Minnesota legislative session ended on May 25 after hitting a frenzied crescendo that challenged legislators to face a multifaceted omnibus bill in an all-night marathon round. Several initiatives directly threatening Minnesota gun rights were defeated. Reviewing gun-related issues covered during this legislative year, Brian Gosch, Minnesota State Director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), spoke on May 30 to about 50 people gathered in a Cabela’s conference room in Rogers. Gosch was joined by Senator Paul Anderson of District 44 in Plymouth. Gosch lobbies for favorable Second Amendment issues. His goal this legislative session was “to defeat gun control legislation.” Two major gun rights attacks were blocked on a bipartisan basis in the Senate, and so did not achieve a stand-alone vote on the House floor, he said. Defeated gun control provisions were HF 8, covering controversial Universal Background Checks, and HF 9, so-called Red Flag Laws, covering persons potentially declared to be ineligible or unqualified to own a firearm. The bills were fraught with numerous flaws, Gosch said, lacking clear provision for a gun owner to contest findings against them that could lead to the immediate removal of their firearms. Additionally, there is no right for a gun owner to appear before any legal authority, nor is there a right for that person to be represented by a lawyer. “There is no clear path under the law for how to get back your firearms.” He credited the work of the Minnesota Senate that […]

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