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7 March 2018 by Online Carry Training

In March 2017, the Minnesota House of Representatives opened hearings on two controversial gun bills and after debate passed the bills on to the legislature for their review.

The first bill would allow Minnesota gun owners to carry their weapons in public without getting a permit. Hundreds of legal gun holders already have a permit to carry their weapons in public and despite criticism from anti-gun critics; it has not turned the state into a “Wild West shootout.” Still critics say people who couldn’t pass a criminal background check and have never received the proper training in how to handle a gun safely would now be able to carry a gun in public. “How would that protect public safety?”

The second bill would relax the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws by removing the requirement to retreat before using deadly force. Rep. Jim Nash (Rep-Wauconia), who authored both of the controversial gun bills said, “ I believe firmly that self-defense is a human right. We each have an individual right to defend ourselves regardless of color or geography.”

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that more than 71,000 Minnesotans got permit last year, which is a record number. Additionally nearly 266,000 Minnesotans now have permits to carry a handgun in public, also a record.

In April the pro gun sentiment appeared to turn when Senator Ron Latz (Dem) proposed a bill which would require criminal background checks for 40% of gun transfers he says are currently exempted including online and gun show sales. Gun owners called the bill “universal registration” stating that it is the firs step to eventual gun confiscation and is unconstitutional.” However, family members of gun violence victims said the measure would take guns out of the hands of people who have no regard for human life.

By June 2017, Senators refused to push the anti-gun push by rejecting four amendments related to gun control and terrorism, despite it being one week after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S., history.

Republicans blocked Democrats from banning gun sales to anyone on the “no fly” or terrorist watch list, and from closing the “gun show” loophole by expanding background checks to sales at gun shows and online.

Democrats blocked Republican proposals that would have required law enforcement to be notified if anyone on the terror watch list tried to by a gun.

It is exactly this type of political volleying back and forth that keeps any meaningful gun legislation from being passed in this country.


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