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Minnesota Committee Hears Self-Defense Bill: In a packed committee room — many in the audience wearing green buttons proclaiming, “Self Defense is a Human Right” – a House committee today (Thursday, April 28) heard and advanced controversial gun legislation. House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee Chairman Tony Cornish’s bill expands a person’s ability to defend themselves and their property against perceived threats through the use of deadly force. Although current state allows for the use of deadly force under certain conditions, Cornish’s bill would significantly change the law. For instance, it broadens the definition of dwelling to include all buildings on a person’s property, and also includes tents, motor homes, hotel rooms. It establishes a rebuttal presumption so that the person using deadly force is presumed to possess a reasonable belief that they’re facing imminent threat of great bodily harm or death. It reverses the burden of proof in self-defense cases, so the defender no longer needs to prove their innocence, but prosecutors need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defender did not act lawfully. The bill allows for a defender to meet force with superior force, and continue using that force until the threat is eliminated…




Support a new bill that recognizes all other state permits, allows you to stand your ground, and prevents criminals or their heirs from suing the victim who defends himself.


�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.

HR1467, authored by long-time gun rights advocate Representative Tony Cornish (R � Good Thunder), expands our rights in many ways. The full text of the bill can be found here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H1467.0.html&session=ls87

Here�s an overview:

Adds Stand Your Ground
The bill 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?

Please phone and email the members of the House Public Safety committee and urge them to support this bill and oppose any amendments not authored by Rep. Cornish.

They are:

Representative Kelby Woodard (Vice Chair)
E-mail: rep.kelby.woodard@house.mn

Representative Joe Mullery (DFL Lead)
E-mail: rep.joe.mullery@house.mn

Representative Kerry Gauthier (DFL)
E-mail: rep.kerry.gauthier@house.mn

Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R)
E-mail: rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn

Representative Bill Hilty (DFL)
E-mail: rep.bill.hilty@house.mn

Representative Sheldon Johnson (DFL)
E-mail: rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn

Representative Tim Kelly (R)
E-mail: rep.tim.kelly@house.mn

Representative Andrea Kieffer (R)
E-mail: rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn

Representative John Kriesel (R)
E-mail: rep.john.kriesel@house.mn

Representative Ernie Leidiger (R)
E-mail: rep.ernie.leidiger@house.mn

Representative Carlos Mariani (DFL)
E-mail: rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn

Representative Joe McDonald (R)
E-mail: rep.joe.mcdonald@house.mn

Representative Rena Moran (DFL)
E-mail: rep.rena.moran@house.mn

Representative Bud Nornes (R)
E-mail: rep.bud.nornes@house.mn

Representative Linda Slocum (DFL)
E-mail: rep.linda.slocum@house.mn

Representative Steve Smith (R)
E-mail: rep.steve.smith@house.mn

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

rep.kelby.woodard@house.mn; rep.joe.mullery@house.mn; rep.kerry.gauthier@house.mn; rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn; rep.bill.hilty@house.mn; rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn; rep.tim.kelly@house.mn; rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn; rep.john.kriesel@house.mn; rep.ernie.leidiger@house.mn; rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn; rep.joe.mcdonald@house.mn; rep.rena.moran@house.mn; rep.bud.nornes@house.mn; rep.linda.slocum@house.mn; rep.steve.smith@house.mn

Need that with commas instead? No problem!

rep.kelby.woodard@house.mn, rep.joe.mullery@house.mn, rep.kerry.gauthier@house.mn, rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn, rep.bill.hilty@house.mn, rep.sheldon.johnson@house.mn, rep.tim.kelly@house.mn, rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn, rep.john.kriesel@house.mn, rep.ernie.leidiger@house.mn, rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn, rep.joe.mcdonald@house.mn, rep.rena.moran@house.mn, rep.bud.nornes@house.mn, rep.linda.slocum@house.mn, rep.steve.smith@house.mn

Your voice really does matter: please call and email today.  The opponents are calling.




The Internet is abuzz with news about the construction of internment camps all across America. Of course, "mainstream" media outlets refuse to touch the subject; or if they do, they pooh-pooh the story; they do what Glenn Beck recently did: try to debunk the story as fallacious and impugn people who speak of it as "conspiracy nuts." The fact that the Becks, Hannitys, Limbaughs, and O'Reillys of the media circus refuse to deal with the construction of large numbers of internment camps does not make them disappear, however… This is an advertisement by the National Guard promoting the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of "Internment/Resettlement Specialist." Question: why does the National Guard need to recruit Internment/Resettlement Specialists? What do they know that we should know? …




Posted: April 21, 2009
10:00 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
President Obama, who supported the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., before it was tossed by the Supreme Court, since his election has watched various proposals to ban "assault" weapons, require handgun owners to submit to mental health evaluations and sparked a rush on ammunition purchases that caused some retailers to name him their salesman of the year. Now he apparently is going after citzens who reload their ammunition.
It was during an official visit earlier this month to Mexico that he affirmed his support for a proposed international treaty that addresses "firearms trafficking."
According to a blogger who follows the issue, the treaty was adopted by President Clinton years ago but never ratified by the U.S. Senate, a goal Obama now has adopted.
The writer, B.A. Lawson, says, "If you reload your own ammo you may find yourself engaged in 'Illicit Manufacturing' of ammunition under an arms control treaty that President Obama started pushing last week in Mexico."
"Virtually everyone who supports the 2nd Amendment or has an interest in firearms has heard the numerous recent reports of ammunition shortages. The shortages have extended to reloading supplies that many folks rely on to keep their shooting costs down or to assemble exotic or hard to find ammunition. Many shooters have considered reloading their own ammo as insurance against limited supplies should legislation be enacted that would make ammo more scarce or dramatically more expensive," the blogger continued.
"Those thoughts may be in vain if the current administration is successful in getting the 'INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST THE ILLICIT MANUFACTURING OF AND TRAFFICKING IN FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, EXPLOSIVES, AND OTHER RELATED MATERIALS' treaty passed."
The treaty defines "illicit manufacturing" as "the manufacture or assembly of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials."
It then gives authority for that activity only with "a license from a competent governmental authority of the State Party where the manufacture or assembly takes place."
"The section … clearly identifies ammo re-loaders that are not licensed by the government as 'Illicit Manufacturers' of ammunition. Now that we have re-loaders properly labeled, lets move down to Article IV to see what we should do with them," the commentary said.
He then quotes Article IV, which states, "State Parties that have not yet done so shall adopt the necessary legislative or other measures to establish as criminal offenses under their domestic law the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials."
"This is pretty straightforward. If you reload ammunition without a license after the treaty is signed you will be a criminal," Lawson wrote.
The National Rifle Association said the treaty "does include language suggesting that it is not intended to restrict 'lawful ownership and use' of firearms. Despite those words, the NRA knows that anti-gun advocates will still try to use this treaty to attack gun ownership in the U.S."
At the SnowflakesinHell blog, the writer said there's no mistaking the language.
Even accessories "which can be attached to a firearm" are targeted.
"It would presumably also ban home manufacture of these items without a government license. Do you own trigger jobs? Reload your own ammunition? Not any more, not without a government license!"
The Examiner.com said such international gun restrictions are unacceptable.
John Velleco, director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America, notes the benefits for Obama of having such rules in treaties, not legislation.
"If ratified and the U.S. is found not to be in compliance with any provisions of the treaty – such as a provision that would outlaw reloading ammunition without a government license – President Obama would be empowered to implement regulations without congressional approval," he wrote.
"If the kind of 'change' that Obama wants is for the United States to take its marching orders from third world countries regarding our gun rights, we're in big trouble!"




Court Suspends National-Park Carry: Today, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. granted anti-gun plaintiffs a temporary restraining order against implementation of the new rule allowing concealed carry in national parks and national wildlife refuges. Until further notice, individuals cannot legally carry loaded, concealed firearms for personal protection in national parks and wildlife refuges. The court did grant NRA's motion to intervene in the cases. Under federal law, NRA is entitled to an immediate appeal, and NRA will exercise that right. "Just as we did not give up the fight to change the old, outdated rule, we will not give up our fight in the courts to defend the rule change," said NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. "We will pursue every legal avenue to defend the American people's right to self-defense." (It was actually the Virginia Citizens Defense League that initiated this fight.)




Oops, Wrong Store: Dwayne A. Curry of St. Paul had been sentenced on nine burglary and theft-related felonies since 1986. He died while trying to hold up Trail Liquors in Inver Grove Heights. The armed gunman who was shot and killed with his own gun after he tried to rob a liquor store in Inver Grove Heights was identified Friday as a St. Paul man with a long rap sheet. Dwayne A. Curry, 42, died a few hours after the liquor store manager shot him at Trail Liquors on Thursday morning. Curry demanded cash, the manager grabbed the gun and the two scuffled, authorities said. The manager, Matt Huerta, also was shot. He was reported in good condition Friday morning at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. (Sounds as though Mr. Huerta might have fared better if he had been carrying his own gun.)




Oops, Wrong House: Jon Sokol wasn't trying to be a hero when he confronted a burglary suspect who had brazenly broken through the front door of his home in St. Paul…"As I stepped around the corner, he hit me ... right between the eyes," Sokol said. "And I fired the gun. "Down on the ground he went and I insisted, in a not very nice way, that he not move," he said. "I held him at gunpoint until the police arrived." …According to the criminal complaint, Spencer feigned "unconsciousness, but finally responded ... that he had not been shot" after police arrived at 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Sokols' home in the 1400 block of Carroll Avenue. (All’s well that ends well but this case illustrates why it’s wiser to hole up in a designated safe room and wait for police to arrive.)




A MN Court decided the Timberlake case.
The court affirmed it is legal for police to stop or
pull over anyone just because they were seen in possession of a gun.
The decision allows the police to search a person or car if a gun was seen
by a anyone, even if they aren't an officer.
In other words this decision allows the police to arrest and search anyone who
has a permit to carry and is legally carrying open, inadvertently flashes, or prints. 
The judge gave her opinion that guns are dangerous,
and thus an officer has the right to search and arrest a person who possesses a
gun until the arrestee proves himself innocent, or in other words, shows his
permit, and it is verified.
Could this lead to violations of constitutional rights against unreasonable searches if
we are seen in possession of other legal but dangerous items like knives, cars, or table saws?
Hopefully this case will be appealed to higher courts and overturned.



The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled to affirm a lower court decision that churches can ban guns from their property without following the posting requirements laid out in the law.  More important to permit holders who want to protect their families while traveling to and from church, the ruling also said churches can ban guns in their parking lots.  It was a victory for two churches that sued to challenge part of the permit to carry law, Edina Community Lutheran Church and Unity Church of. St Paul.  The state argued that the law’s restrictions imposed only a minimal burden on the religious institutions.  Instead of signs saying “EDINA COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH BANS GUNS IN THESE PREMISES,”  the church may continue to use signs that say “Blessed are the peacemakers.  Firearms are prohibited in this place of sanctuary.”  It would be logical to suppose the churches will next sue the State Fire Marshall, because they don’t like the wording of the signs above the doors that say “EXIT.”  Additionally, now the church can prohibit a law abiding citizen from having certain lawful items in his locked car in the parking lot.  Some churchgoers may have to decide if they want to be safe more than saved.  Cell phones and digital cameras may be next.  Stay tuned in to see if the Minnesota Attorney General decides to take the state’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.


National Guardsman Convicted In Weapon Malfunction: A drill instructor in the National Guard has been convicted in a Wisconsin federal court of illegally transferring a machine gun after a rifle he loaned to a student malfunctioned, setting off three shots before jamming…That means now that anyone whose weapon malfunctions is subject to charges of having or handling a banned gun, according to an expert witness who reports that the particular problem is a well-known malfunction and was even the subject of a recall from the manufacturer…"Basically if your Ruger 10/22, Browning Citori Over and Under or Remington 11-87 malfunction and fire more than one round at a time; the ATF will now consider it a machine gun," he wrote.



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