In the coming days, GOCRA will give you summaries of each of the bills that will be heard at the hearings next week. Please take time to look at the dangerous implications of these bills, and contact the members of the House Public Safety Finance and Policy, and your own representatives.
Pistols and semiautomatic military-style assault weapon transfer and firearm possession eligibility provisions modified, and criminal penalties provided.
This bill makes attacks on fundamental rights, due process of the law, your permit to carry, and your privacy.
LOSS OF “DUE PROCESS” RIGHTS
The first concerning change is a removal of due process for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
In current MN law to lose your firearm rights, a judge has to commit you to a treatment facility, or declare you unfit.
If this bill were to become law, the opinion of any medical professional or mental health worker could remove the right of self-defense from anyone they deem to have a mental or developmental disability, completely circumventing standards and precedent established by the courts. The bill will even eliminate the rights of people put on a 72-hour hold to only determine IF they have a mental health issue, regardless of the outcome. It may also discourage people from seeking the treatment they need in order to prevent losing their gun rights.
GOCRA supports taking measures to limit the access of the mentally ill to firearms, BUT those measures MUST be done within due process of the law, and respect to fundamental rights of free citizens.
This bill subsequently attacks your privacy, establishes de-facto gun registration, as well as weakens the MN permit to carry.
When applying for your permit to purchase, police officers can extend the processing time for up to 30 days (instead of the current 7 days) under the guise of “verifying your identity”.
Currently, your permit to carry acts as a 5 year “permit to purchase” for the transfer of firearms. If this bill becomes law, you will need to get a permit to purchase every 12 months, on top of your permit to carry. This is an unnecessary redundancy, as MN sheriffs must check the validity of your carry permit annually.
This bill intends to allow the government to know who, what, where, and when you transfer a firearm to another party by requiring you to process all transfers through a FFL federal dealer. The government will keep track of all sales, transfers, loans, and gifts outside of immediate family.
Not only does this bill mandate that you involve a 3rd party in your private transaction, the government will have a say in the fees that are charged in a private transaction.
Planning on loaning your buddy your gun for deer opener? You’ll need to go to an FFL for loans over 24 hours.
The proponents of this bill will tout this as closing the “gun show loophole”, when in actuality, the US Department of Justice determined that only 0.8% of guns used by over 18,000 prisoners were sourced directly from a gun show.
Make no mistake, behind the curtain, this is gun registration, and has little to do with keeping guns off the streets.
We need you to get involved. Contact the members of the committee below, and show up on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. Make it clear that law-abiding citizens will not stand for assaults on our rights, and legislation that will do nothing to prevent criminals from getting firearms.
House Public Safety Committee:
Representative Michael Paymar (DFL) – Chairman
Representative Paul Rosenthal (DFL) – Vice Chairman
Representative Tony Cornish (R) – Republican Lead
Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL)
Representative Brian Johnson (R)
Representative Tim Kelly (R)
Representative Andrea Kieffer (R)
Representative John Lesch (DFL)
Representative Kathy Lohmer (R)
Representative Joe Mullery (DFL)
Representative Jim Newberger (R)
Representative Shannon Savick (DFL)
Representative Dan Schoen (DFL)
Representative Steve Simon (DFL)
Representative Erik Simonson (DFL)
Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)
Representative Mark Uglem (R)
Representative John Ward (DFL)