Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Last week, the House voted on and approved gun control legislation. During my time as your state representative, I’ve made clear my support for the 2nd Amendment and law-abiding Minnesotans’ right to protect themselves and their families.
For that reason, I voted “no” on both bills.
Click here to watch my remarks on both bills during last week’s floor debate.
The first bill, House File 8, imposes new restrictions on the transfer of pistols and semi-automatic rifles. These onerous restrictions would have a significant and negative impact on law-abiding Minnesotans seeking to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. While the legislation punishes law-abiding Minnesotans, it will do little to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms who already have no intention of following the law in the first place.
To make matters worse, the bill could inadvertently turn people into criminals if they don't follow the exact processes laid out in the bill.
The second bill, House File 9, creates an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” or a so-called “red-flag” process that would allow an individual to file a petition with the courts to have your firearms seized by law enforcement if they believe you are a risk to yourself or others.
Not only does this bill raise questions about the 2nd Amendment, it also creates issues regarding due process. It would also put law enforcement in harm’s way if they were required to serve such an order.
The order can be handed down after an ex-parte court hearing. This means that a court hearing can take place without the accused present to defend themselves or contest the order. This effectively treats people as guilty until proven innocent, which goes against the principles of our legal system.
I continue to be disappointed by the lack of respect metro-centric Democrats and Governor Walz have for law-abiding gun owners. No other constitutional right is treated with as much disregard and disdain as the 2nd Amendment. As long as I am your representative, I will continue to advocate for your right to bear arms.
Staying in Touch
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns as it relates to state government. I can be reached at 651-296-4229 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It remains an honor to represent you and your family in St. Paul.
Have a great day,