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I just looked at bills introduced in the current MN legislative session that deal with firearms.  So far, there are 107 bills dealing with firearms.  Not a typo, 107.  A few are pro legal gun owner but the majority are anti legal gun owner.  I understand that there is increasing crime that involves firearms (mostly illegally possessed).  If that threat is increasing why is state government trying to restrict all of us potential victims in the ownership and possession (legally possessing).  We are not the problem.



Please contact your legislators about HF 3022.  This bill would have you registering your firearms with local authorities, opening your home to warrantless search, ban most all semi-automatic long guns (understood to include rifles and shotguns), ban supressors again, make public lists of gun owners.

This bill greatly infringes on your rights to keep and bear arms and due process.  Call, write and email your representatives in the house and senate NOW.  Subscribe to the MN Gun Owners Caucus Bill Tracker Newsletter.

As always, stay informed and speak your mind.  It is terribly important to freedom.



The Castle Doctrine  / Stand your Ground bill was brought back to the House Public Safety Committee for a vote where if passed on a 9 / 6 vote.  It now goes to the rules committee and hopefully from there it will go to the House floor.

The Constitutional Carry bill appears to be DOA.  Even if it made it to the governor's desk, I believe it would be vetoed there.



 There was a hearing by the House Public Safety Committee on two bills.  The first was a Constitutional Carry Bill.  The second was Castle Doctrine / Stand your ground.  No vote was taken on either bill.  Both were held over to be included in a later Omnibus Public Safety Bill.  There was one commenter at the podium that expressed a Kill them all plan that was theoretically urging support of the Stand your Ground bill.  I suspect he was a plant by the opposition in an attempt to make the supporters look bad.  Much of the opposition showed up in orange tee shirts with Protect MN on the front and Everytown USA on the back.  Bloomberg's tentacles are here folks!!!



The Commissioner of Public Safety has reviewed the other state's carry laws and decided that Minnesota will no longer recognize permits from Arkansas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee and will only recognize class 1 licenses from both North and South Dakota. 

That does not affect most of my students directly.  BUT, history shows that often times when Minnesota no longer recognizes another state's permit, the other state will decide not to  honor the Minnesota permit and that could affect nearly ALL of my students.  AS ALWAYS, check current reciprocity and recognition status right before you travel to other states!!!!



The 2016 legislative session has started and the proposed bills already include 8 that are anti-gun.  If you wish to have gun rights in the future, please stay informed and get involved in the process.  Write letters, emails, make phone calls, go to hearings, testify, etc.  If you don't take action to defend your rights they will always be at risk.

I would urge MN residents to sign up for the bill tracker applications on the web sites or Facebook pages of Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (MN GOCRA) and/or the MN Gun Owners Political Action Committee (MN GOPAC) and/ or the MN Gun Owner Caucus



Changes to recognition and reciprocity were published on the Commissioner of Public Safety' website.  Minnesota now honors permits from 8 new states but no longer recognizes permits from 4 states previously recognized including UTAH.



Change in law.  You no longer need to notify the commissioner of Public Safety of your intent to carry in the state capital area.  (Department already has records of who has a permit so the notification was redundant)



After two years of proposed legislation to put more restrictions on firearms owners and their carry rights, the legislature has finally passed one.   That change requires that you put your date of birth on your notification to the Commissioner of Public Safety of your intent to carry in the "State Capital Area".   I guess the anti's can claim they got something done to "Protect Minnesota".


March 17, 2013  

Senator Latz's bills 458 and 237 have been passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs.  These bills seek gun registration, would change permitting back to a may issue rather than a shall issue and will add more fees for a legal transfer.  There is language regarding "Straw Sales" where he admits that criminals do not submit to background checks but he demands background checks for even private sales.  If criminals don't submit to background checks, who will be impacted?  Why the law abiding gun owners of course.  These bills are not about guns, they are very much about CONTROL.  Call your senator and ask that they vote no on both bills.

Look for a companion bill coming out of the House this coming week.

The Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) is spearheading the efforts to defeat unjust gun laws and protect our gun rights in Minnesota.  Please go to their web site,  and subscribe to the email newletter.  Also please consider making a financial donation to this group because they are the best hope lawful gun owners in Minnesota have going for us.

Stay informed, call your legislators, show up at the Capital.  Do this for yourself and for the lawful gun owners to come.


Febuary 2013 

There are currently 30 gun bills in the MN legislature; 18 in the house and 12 in the senate.  27 anti gun and 3 pro gun.  There is some pretty scary stuff floating at the capital, some of which includes confiscation.  A list of the bills can be found at .  I would urge all Minnesota residents to keep informed and to express their opinions to their elected officials.  Make no mistake, this is a full on assault on the second amendment of the US Constitution.  Stand up and be counted if you value freedom.  The latest news is always found at the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance web site:  This group and the NRA are doing everything they can to protect your rights.  I would urge you to join both groups to help OUR cause.  If you are visiting my web site, these issues WILL affect YOU.


June 2012 

There is an updated application for for Minnesota permit applicants.  Some counties will no longer accept the old form.  You will find the new application at Application.pdf



Governor Dayton vetoes HF1467.  He apparently favors the right of criminals over the rights of law abiding citizens.  He's saying that the law abiding permit holders of Minnesota cannot be trusted.   He says he must listen to the police organizations on gun issues.  One police chief testified before the senate that he used to steal apples from the neighbor's tree when he was a kid.  He testified that with this bill, the homeowner would be free to shoot the young apple thief.  Nothing in this bill altered the fact that to use deadly force in Minnesota, you must be in reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm.  Either this chief cannot or did not read the legislation.  He was simply promoting gun fear hysteria and should be fired for his attempt at empire building.  Mr. Dayton should remember that a police state does not require a governor.  This was not a gun bill, it was a self defense bill and apparently this cop and governor cannot tell the difference.  DUMP DAYTON, elect somebody with a spine.



House File 1467 Passes on Senate Floor 40-23



House File 1467 having to do with stand your ground, castle doctrine changes and reciprocity, passed out of the Senate Finance Committee and was sent to the full senate recommended for approval.  Senate action on the bill is expected the week of February 20th. 



This is a follow-up post to the one below:

10/28/2011 Hennepin County prosecutor, Mike Freeman, announced that no charges would be brought against the good samaritan who shot and killed the armed robber in this case.

The robber's sister was charged with aiding and abetting in this case and two counts of aggravated first-degree robbery for other activities, according to a criminal complaint.

Their mother was captured on video attempting to cash checks from one of her daughter's robberies. A close knit family I guess.

"While this man is to be commended for helping his fellow citizen in need, a note of caution is appropriate," Freeman said in a statement. (Incident one)

Apparently the good Samaritan chased the robber with his car (incident two) and shot the robber after the robber pointed a gun at him. That was self defense according to the county prosecutor. (incident three)

"If the scenario above were correct, the actions taken may be perfectly legal but likely still ILL ADVISED." Please don't try this at home.

I want to make sure that everyone understands that I do no recommend that anyone attempt to do what this permit holder did after originally defending the woman.  I ALWAYS urge students to get as much separation from the criminal as possible.  That is the safe thing to do.  I often say that carrying a gun is a bit like tiptoeing through a mine field.  What this permit holder did is like walking a tightrope that's strung over a mine field.  Again, he may have been legally within his rights but to my way of thinking this action is ill advised for most of us.  Be as safe as you can be out there folks.



On Thursday evening, 10/20/2010, a permit holder came across an armed robbery of an "elderly" woman at the Cub Foods parking lot near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis.  It was reported that after defending the woman, the permit holder pursued the fleeing robber and shot and killed him.  Following is what I wrote the next Monday, 10/24/11 on one of the gun sites:

I think there is a general tendency to look at this as one incident. I think that is likely the wrong way to look at it. Break it down into two or three incidents and it could look like this:

Incident one. Armed citizen sees a crime in progress and takes action to defend ANOTHER. Perfectly legal in Minnesota. Criminal flees to end incident one.

Incident two. Armed citizen attempts to make a citizens arrest or retrieve the property of the female victim in incident one. In Minnesota you have broad authority to execute a felony citizens arrest, even to the point of breaking into their home to make the arrest. Perfectly legal in Minnesota.

Incident three. Known criminal (armed citizen just witnessed the criminal commit the crime) turns and points and/or shoots at the armed citizen (later reports state that gunfire was exchanged). Armed citizen uses deadly force to protect HIMSELF. Perfectly legal in Minnesota.

I didn't say this is what happened, I said it COULD look like this. If the scenario above were correct, the actions taken may be perfectly legal but likely still ill advised.

Fact: Lt. Bill Palmer, spokesperson for MPD, referred to the armed citizen as the "good Samaritan". Fact: county attorney, Mike Freeman, referred to the dead criminal as a "punk". Fact: dead criminal has felony conviction for simple robbery and attempted aggravated robbery and was sentenced to no time in prison, just 5 years probation. Fact: if dead criminal had been sent to prison he may be alive today.



The "Stand Your Ground" bill will not be presented to the Senate Floor.  This was decided by the Republican Leadership.  With friends like that, who needs enemies.  We have come too far for this half assed response.  Please voice your displeasure to your elected officials.

I was in Utah on 5/14/2011 to recertify my Instructor credentials.  Utah's law has "Stand Your Ground", strong "Castle Doctrine" language, "presumption of reasonableness" and they recognize any other states permit.  These are the four items that were attempted in the Minnesota Legislature and failed.  The anti's say "there will be blood in the streets" and a "return to the wild west".  I've looked around Utah and found no blood and if this is the "wild west", I'm all for it.

5/6/2011  It's been a busy week!!!

The Senate companion bill, SF1357 passed out of committee on an 8 to 3 vote.  Next stop...Senate floor.


The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee.  Next stop...House floor.


The next legislative hearing on the gun rights omnibus bill -- HF1467 -- has been scheduled for this Wednesday, and committee members need to see and hear you!

1. We need another really strong showing in the House Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday morning, like we had last week for the Public Safety Committee.

(We know that you have jobs and lives, and we wouldn't ask if it were not important. And if you missed last week's fun, here's another chance!)

The meeting will start at 8:15 on Wednesday, May 4, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

(Plan to carry? Make sure you've notified properly!)

2. The bill will get a hearing in the SENATE Judiciary and Public Safety Committee very soon -- watch your email!

3. Whether you can come on Wednesday or not, please email AND CALL members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask for their YES vote on HF1467:

You can email them all at once by pasting this list into your email client:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Need that with commas instead? No problem!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

"The most important update to Minnesota gun law since the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act."

That's what GOCRA president Joseph E. Olson had to say about a sweeping set of reforms introduced today in the Minnesota House.

Please contact the members of the House public safety committee and encourage them to support this bill. Their contact information is at the end of this email.

The full text of the bill can be found here:

The bill expands our rights in many ways. Here's an overview.

Adds Stand Your Ground
HR1467, authored by long-time gun rights advocate Representative Tony Cornish (R - Good Thunder), brings "Stand Your Ground" protections to Minnesota, removing the requirement that an intended victim of violent crime must retreat from a place where he has a right to be before using deadly force in self defense.  A majority of states do not require retreat.

Enhances Castle Doctrine
The bill also strengthens Minnesota's "Castle Doctrine", clarifying when and under what circumstances an individual may use deadly force to protect themselves and their homes and vehicles. In addition, it creates a presumption that, when faced with an apparent home invasion or kidnapping attempt, a person may use deadly force in self defense.

Prevents Gun Seizures During a State of Emergency
Taking a lesson from the problems in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the bill also bans government agencies from seizing guns or ammo, revoking permits to purchase or carry, or closing gun shops, during a civil emergency or for any other reason. It also prohibits law enforcement officers from seizing a person's gun, unless for the person is arrested, or the gun is evidence of a crime.

Extends Purchase Permits to Five Years
The bill also extends the validity of handgun purchase permits from one to five years, adds an annual background check for people holding those five-year permits. It requires the Minnesota Department of Human Services and state courts to make their background check records available electronically to authorized agencies, including the National Instant Background Check system (NICS) -- a process that was supposed to have been in place 16 years ago! This should reduce purchasing delays as well as ensuring that state and federal checks produce the same results.

The bill also borrows a page from the Permit to Carry law, providing a more robust appeal process for denied purchase permits, and requiring that police chiefs and sheriffs whose purchase permit denials are overturned must pay the applicants' legal costs.

Adds Universal Carry Permit Reciprocity
Of particular interest to carry permit holders, the final article of the bill updates our carry permit reciprocity standards, allowing people holding carry permits from any other state to carry in Minnesota (under Minnesota law, of course).  An out-of-state permit holder who can not possess firearms under Minnesota law, can not legally carry here either.  This should result in a large increase in the number of states where Minnesota permit holders can carry, since many states allow other states' permit holders to carry on a reciprocal basis.

GOCRA is proud to have worked with Representative Cornish in the creation and polishing of this bill. Joined by the NRA, we shared our advice and experience, lending a historical perspective and suggesting beneficial statutory language. This bill is an excellent example of cooperation between legislators, local activists, and our national partners to support and extend our civil rights.

We'll be talking much more about the details of the bill in the coming days, but for now, can you help us get this bill passed?

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