From: Rep. Steve
For the first two months of the session, legislative Democrats have been focused on developing gun prohibition legislation that violates the 2nd Amendment and restricts the rights of Minnesota’s law-abiding gun owners.
I’m pleased to announce that we have now corrected this course through the development of legislation that is focused on the real problem: criminals, and more specifically, how their information is reported and shared among agencies that should know about their law-breaking history.
First, this NRA-supported bill would prohibit felons from possessing ammunition, create mandatory minimum sentences for violent felons that are convicted of possessing firearms on a second or subsequent offense, and provide felony penalties for individuals that engage in repeated false reports of lost or stolen firearms.
The proposal would also make it a felony for someone who knowingly purchased a firearm for an ineligible person. It would provide the state and federal criminal background check systems with complete information on individuals that are ineligible from possessing firearms and the duration of the ineligibility, and would also accelerate the time period for reporting criminal data.
Finally, the bill improves reporting of court-determined mental health disqualifications and creates a rights restoration process.
This bill has more than 70 co-sponsors. Better still, half of them are Democrats and half of them are Republicans—representing both rural Minnesota and the metro area. This means if it reaches the House floor, it will pass on a strong bipartisan basis and without controversy.
I know I do my share of complaining when Democrats don’t take Republican concerns seriously and forge ahead with partisan legislation that benefits their political supporters. But in this instance, those Democrats supporting this bill are showing a strong willingness to work not only with GOP lawmakers, but with the Minnesota Sheriffs Association and gun-rights advocates as well.
I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of this legislation that protects 2nd Amendment rights while focusing on fighting crime and limiting criminal access to firearms, which is something all Minnesotans—regardless of whether or not they own guns—should be able to support.
Please let me know what you think. You can write me at 289 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155. You can call me at 651-296-2273 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.