Growing Numbers of Minnesota Sheriffs are Resisting Latest Gun Control Bills

A growing number of sheriffs in Minnesota are beginning to oppose the Democratic-Farm-Labor Party’s latest gun-grabbing proposals. The bills include one that would make it more difficult for lawful individuals to defend themselves in their own homes, another that would impose a storage mandate. According to Anthony Gockowski of Alpha News, this legislation would obligate gun owners to “store their firearms unloaded, with a locking device, and apart from ammunition whenever they are not being carried.”

At least five more Minnesota sheriffs are speaking out against the DFL’s gun control agenda, including a bill that would make it more difficult for people to defend themselves in their own homes.

Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson and Itasca County Sheriff Joe Dasovich already criticized. They were recently joined by Crow Wing County Sheriff Eric Klang, Cass County Sheriff Bryan Welk, St. Louis County Sheriff Gordon Ramsay, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, and Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting.

“This bill inhibits the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families when a threat of great bodily harm or death is imposed. If we cannot have a loaded firearm easily accessible to protect ourselves, especially in our own home, are we expected to have the criminal wait until we locate our ammunition and load our weapons?” Glander inquired in a letter to elected officials.

Sheriff Welk took exception with the DFL’s proposed “red-flag” gun confiscation order, which would grant law enforcement and relatives the power to “petition a court to prohibit people from possessing firearms if they pose a significant danger to themselves or others.”

“HF15 would authorize the issuance of court orders that prohibit the possession of firearms without evidence of a criminal conviction or evidence of mental illness. Simply being labeled a ‘significant danger’ by others becomes enough to deprive someone of a constitutional right. There is no right to a jury trial or the heightened standard of proof beyond a reasonable double,” Welk stated.

Instead, he believes lawmakers should concentrate on increasing funding for “corrections, mental health and substance abuse treatment” as opposed to“making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding gun owners.”

Democrats have also put forward legislation to impose universal background checks that mandate criminal background checks for all firearm transactions and mandate the reporting of stolen or lost firearms. 

Minnesota is peculiar due to how the state is controlled by the DFL. The DFL is essentially the state’s version of the Democratic Party, however. Now, it holds a slight trifecta in the state government, with respectable majorities in the State House (70-64) and State Senate (34-33). It’s anyone’s guess how far such legislative acts will go, but Minnesota gun owners must be prepared for the worst since there are a significant number of Republicans who are more than willing to fold to Gun Control Inc. 

Hopefully, these bills get scuttled altogether, because the US does not need another anti-gun safe space.

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