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Mixed News for Second Amendment Advocates in Minnesota

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On May 24th, Governor Tim Walz signed House File 5247, a large omnibus bill that incorporated language from House File 2609, marking a significant step toward restricting firearm ownership in Minnesota. This bill includes vague and ambiguous language banning certain firearm triggers, effective January 1st, 2025. Specifically, Article 36 of HF 5247 seeks to ban binary triggers and could potentially implicate many common factory-installed triggers, raising concerns among gun owners about the bill’s broad and unclear definitions.

Despite the passage of HF 5247, the Minnesota state legislature adjourned for the 2024 session on May 19th, having defeated nearly every other gun-control effort. This includes measures such as “assault weapon” bans, firearm registration and licensing, strict storage requirements, and lead ammunition bans. Here are some notable examples of the defeated bills:

HF 4300 proposed a “one size fits all” firearm storage requirement, which would have hindered a gun owner’s ability to engage in self-defense. This bill could have further harmed crime victims by subjecting them to criminal penalties for improper storage, thus favoring criminals and victimizing law-abiding gun owners.

HF 601 sought to penalize gun owners who suffered the loss or theft of their property. It proposed harsh criminal penalties for failing to report lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours of discovering them missing.

HF 2828 aimed to allow local governments to prohibit or restrict firearm possession on government-owned property. Violating provisions of this bill would have resulted in misdemeanor charges for gun owners.

HF 3672 proposed a complete repeal of preemption laws in Minnesota. It sought to transfer firearm regulation from the state to local governing bodies, which could have led to a patchwork of firearm laws across Minnesota and potentially unconstitutional proposals by local governments.

HF 3570 aimed to ban many firearms by broadly defining prohibited “semiautomatic military-style assault weapons”. It also targeted modifications and accessories, such as protruding grips and barrel shrouds, which would have caused a gun to be banned.

HF 3813 intended to ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting and lead tackle for fishing.

HF 3628 proposed to ban so-called “large capacity magazines”, assault weapons, and .50 caliber firearms.

The defeat of these bills represents a significant victory for Second Amendment supporters and gun owners in Minnesota. It reflects a broader resistance to efforts that seek to impose stringent regulations on firearm ownership and usage. While the passage of HF 5247 introduces new challenges, the rejection of other restrictive measures underscores the ongoing commitment of many Minnesotans to preserving their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. As the effective date for the trigger ban approaches, gun owners and advocacy groups will need to remain vigilant and engaged to protect their rights and ensure clear, fair, and constitutional legislation.

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Biden’s America: The FBI’s ‘Terror Watch List’ Keeps Growing

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(GunCountry.com) – The world watched in horror as terrorists from Hamas surged into Israel’s border with Gaza, raping and killing civilians, setting homes on fire, fighting back against Israeli resistance that had been quickly assembled, and capturing hostages. 

For good cause, the tragic events of that day have taken up most of the media attention in the world. We have once more witnessed the ugly realities of an ideology come to light. But in the meantime, a more covert invasion is happening nearer to home.

The FBI’s Terror Screening Database, also known as the “terror watch list,” contains a record number of individuals who have been encountered “between ports of entry” at the southern and northern borders of the United States, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

As of mid-October, U.S. officials had apprehended 169 individuals on the terror watch list while attempting to enter the country illegally. 

At U.S. ports of entry, there were also 564 interactions with individuals suspected of being terrorists. These numbers do not account for the unidentified number of people who successfully entered our country; they only reflect those who were identified.

Most interactions at ports of entry occurred at the northern border, where encounters on land have increased by over 20,000 percent since President Biden assumed office. 

There are thousands of “special interest aliens” from Middle Eastern countries among that startling number. 

According to CBP data, agents have interacted with 6,386 citizens of Afghanistan, 3,153 from Egypt, 1,613 from Pakistan, 659 from Iran, 538 from Syria, and 123 from Iraq over the previous two years. Once more, these are the people of whom we are aware.

Following the Hamas assault on Israel, we heard incredible tales of bravery in which armed Israelis fought back against their invaders and saved their country. 

In response, the Israeli government, realizing that its citizens are the country’s first line of defense, ordered thousands of rifles to arm them. 

You would think that after witnessing those acts of individual bravery, our own officials would come to the conclusion that it might not be a good idea to try to disarm our populace following a large-scale movement of people suspected of being terrorists. 

Regretfully, the opposite is accurate. President Biden recently restated his well-known soundbite, calling for the outlawing of the most widely used firearms in America.

Due to the President’s actions failing to shut the border, an unprecedented influx of foreign nationals has entered our country. For their families, many, if not most, of these folks merely want a better life. 

However, some can be acting with darker motives. Suppose there is one thing we can learn from the recent events in Israel. 

In that case, there is a real threat from terrorism, and it is our responsibility as citizens to be ready to take action when necessary. 

Robbing us of the appropriate means to defend ourselves is not leadership.

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Supreme Court’s Ruling on Bump Stocks Sparks Debate Over Second Amendment

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a federal ban on bump stocks, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy expressed concerns that the high court is preparing to fundamentally alter the interpretation of the Second Amendment. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murphy warned that recent gun-related rulings suggest the court might restrict Congress’s ability to implement measures such as background checks or bans on specific firearms like AR-15s.

Murphy’s comments come after the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that enable a semi-automatic rifle to fire at a rate similar to a fully automatic weapon. This ruling represents another instance of the conservative-majority court rolling back firearm regulations.

The ban on bump stocks was initially pushed by former President Donald Trump following the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, where a gunman used the devices to kill 58 people at an outdoor music festival. A Texas gun store owner challenged the ban after surrendering two bump stocks to the government, eventually suing to reclaim them.

Murphy criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling, suggesting that it aligns with broader efforts to erode gun control measures. He argued that the decision undermines previous bipartisan support for the bump stock ban and positions the court to dismantle key components of gun regulation, thus jeopardizing community safety.

The ruling has sparked a divide between gun control advocates and supporters of gun rights. Gun control groups contend that the court’s decision will exacerbate gun violence in a country already plagued by frequent shootings. They argue that the ban was a necessary regulation to prevent high-casualty incidents facilitated by rapid-fire capabilities.

Conversely, many Republicans have praised the court’s decision, maintaining that the bump stock ban was unconstitutional from the outset. GOP Sen. Tom Cotton remarked that the ban approached an infringement on the Second Amendment and emphasized the need to focus on tackling violent and gang-related crime rather than restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens.

The Supreme Court’s decision, although not based directly on the Second Amendment, has brought the debate over gun rights back to the forefront. This ruling is part of a trend where the high court has sided with gun rights groups, reflecting a broader judicial philosophy that may limit legislative and executive efforts to regulate firearms.

Despite the contentious ruling, Murphy highlighted some positive trends, noting a decline in urban gun homicide rates. He emphasized the ongoing need for effective legislation to prevent tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting while acknowledging recent legislative changes that he believes have contributed to enhanced public safety.

As the nation grapples with the implications of this decision, the divide between those advocating for stricter gun control and those championing gun rights continues to shape the legal and political landscape surrounding the Second Amendment.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds California Laws Banning Gun Shows on Public Property

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In a 3-0 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California laws that ban gun shows at county fairs and other public properties. This ruling overturned a previous decision by a federal judge in October that had blocked the enforcement of these laws.

The laws in question were introduced by Democratic State Senator Dave Min. The first law, which went into effect in January 2022, specifically prohibited gun shows at the Orange County Fair. The second law, effective last year, extended this ban to county fairgrounds on state-owned land throughout California.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Mark Holcomb ruled that these laws violated the rights of gun sellers and potential buyers. He argued that preventing the purchase of firearms at these events infringed upon commercial speech protected by the First Amendment, as lawful gun sales involve such speech.

However, the appeals court took a different view, stating that the laws do not violate the First Amendment. Judge Richard Clifton wrote that the bans simply prohibit sales agreements on public property and do not limit discussions, advertisements, or other speech related to firearms. Clifton noted that a separate, unchallenged state law mandates that the actual purchase of a firearm at a gun show be completed at a licensed gun store, following a 10-day waiting period and a background check.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta praised the ruling, calling it a victory in the fight against gun violence. Bonta emphasized that firearms should not be sold on state-owned property and lauded the decision as a step towards greater public safety.

Gun-control advocates argue that gun shows can make firearms more attractive to children and facilitate “straw purchases,” where individuals buy guns for those who are legally prohibited from owning them.

The case originated from a lawsuit by B&L Productions, a gun show company, which claimed that the ban on fairgrounds sales infringed upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The appeals court countered this claim, pointing out that there were six licensed firearms dealers in the same ZIP code as the Orange County Fairgrounds, indicating that the law did not restrict access to firearms.

Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle & Pistol Association and attorney for the plaintiffs, expressed intent to appeal the ruling. Michel criticized the decision, asserting that it discriminates against gun culture and infringes on fundamental rights.

As this legal battle continues, the tension between gun rights advocates and those pushing for stricter gun control measures remains high. This case highlights the ongoing debate over how best to balance public safety concerns with constitutional rights in the United States.

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