Reader Response: Judge right on State Fair gun ban

Reader Response: Judge right on State Fair gun ban

Owner The Free Press A majority of area respondents say a district court judge was right to uphold the Minnesota State Fair’s ban on guns, according to a Free Press online question. Out of 344 total respondents, 284 voters — almost 83% — say a judge was right to reject an attempt to force the State Fair to allow guns. Another 60 voters disagreed. Ramsey County District Judge Laura Nelson ruled last week a gun owners group did not meet the burden of proof that a longstanding ban against guns was against state law, The Associated Press reported. The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus sought a temporary injunction to force the State Fair to allow those with permits to carry guns into the fair. The group argued the ban violates the Second Amendment and state law. The Associated Press reported Nelson pointed out in her ruling the State Fair has banned guns since 2003. Fair officials posted the ban on the State Fair website since at least 2016, when bag checks began at the fair, and plans to start using metal detectors were publicly unveiled last year. The judge’s ruling does not end the case, however. The Free Press online question, sent out Saturday, asked, “Do you support a judge’s recent decision to uphold the State Fair’s ban on guns?” There were two options to answer, “yes” or “no.” Commenters largely supported the decision, though some questioned whether the State Fair had the authority to enforce its ban. “Since alcohol […]

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