Ramsey County judge rejects bid to block MN State Fair from banning guns

Ramsey County judge rejects bid to block MN State Fair from banning guns

Thousands packed the Minnesota State Fair fairgrounds as the 12-day Fair got underway Aug. 22, 2019, in Falcon Heights. The state fair opens Aug. 26, and runs through Labor Day. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) A Ramsey County judge has rejected a request by a gun owners group for a temporary injunction to require the Minnesota State Fair to allow permit holders to carry their pistols on the fairgrounds, ruling Wednesday that they’re unlikely to prevail as the broader case goes forward. Less than 24 hours before the State Fair opens Thursday in Falcon Heights, District Judge Laura Nelson ruled that the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus failed to meet its burden of proof that the fair’s long-standing ban on guns violates state law or that they have sufficient legal grounds to seek relief. The group contends the ban violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and state laws governing the rights of permit holders to carry their guns in public. Nelson pointed out in her ruling that the State Fair has banned guns since 2003, when it began posting prominent signs at the gates, and that the prohibition has been posted on the fair’s website since at least 2016, when fair officials began doing bag checks. And she noted that the fair announced plans in January 2020 to start using metal detectors to enforce the ban. The 2020 fair was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus didn’t sue the fair’s quasi-public governing […]

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