I understand it’s starting to happen in many states around the country as a rush is on to pass new gun laws. It doesn’t matter if the law has anything to do with lowering crime, it’s just the right time to pass gun legislation. I talked to a customer on the East Coast yesterday and he told me of a proposal to mandate a gun owner to purchase liability insurance on his guns. Now of course this would require registration of said guns with law enforcement, a background check, an inspection of the gun, storage facility, etc. It would also no doubt restrict when, where and how the gun could be used.
Minnesota has come under a barrage of proposals with some pretty onerous provisions. Specifically, there are proposals on the table to ban magazines over 10 rounds. No buybacks or grandfather clauses. You own one, you turn it in to the police. Likewise with so called ‘assault weapons’. Failure to comply results in serious felony charges, prison time and big fines. And of course the definition of an ‘assault weapon’ (notice it’s a weapon, not a rifle) is incredibly broad.
No matter where in the country you’re at, pay attention to what’s going on in your state legislatures. There’s a major knee jerk reaction across the country to ‘do something‘, be it right or wrong. I’m all in favor of making this a kinder, gentler, safer world, but most of the proposals that are coming out won’t contribute to that kind of world. Write and call. It’s the only way to let our elected officials know what the electorate wants. The one’s that speak loudest will be the one’s that are heard.
Any of you readers from Minnesota, take the time to write an email to your state representatives on the House Public Safety, Finance and Policy Committee….NOW! There have been 7 proposal written and under discussion to control guns in Minnesota. Probably the most frightening is HF241 which defines assault weapons and how they should be controlled. The really ominous feature of the bill is the broad definition of an assault weapon. It would include a semi-automatic 22LR rifle with a tubular magazine that will hold over 7 rounds. Pretty common squirrel gun. IF you owned one and HF241 goes on to become law, here’s what would happen, by law.
- Turn it in to the police for destruction
- You could undergo a background check to see if they’d let you keep it, if you fail, turn it in for destruction
- You would be required to apply for a permit to own it (renewable annually)
- The police would be responsible to check your storage facility
- You could ONLY have the weapon at your residence, on a legitimate range or be in transit to that range or home
- The police would have the right to come in and ‘check’ your weapon whenever, at their discretion
- You would not be able to purchase another ‘assault weapon’ nor sell the one you had
- If you were to inherit an ‘assault weapon’, you’d have 120 days to turn it in for destruction or modify it to be inoperable
- If you decided you no longer wanted to own it, your only option would be to turn it over to the police for destruction
Failure to comply, 10 years and $25,000 fine. This
is the tip of the iceberg. PLEASE take the time to drop an email to
the members of the House Public Safety, Finance and Policy Committee.
You’ve got nothing to lose by doing so and we have everything to lose by
not. Don’t forget, this is just one of SEVEN proposals under discussion.
Here’s an email list of the Committee Members to contact: