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Friday, May 3, 2024

ST. PAUL – Law abiding gun owners in the State of Minnesota will continue to pay the price for unnecessary anti-gun legislation being approved by House Democrats, according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston).


This week, Davids said the majority party approved three proposals that continue to force new government mandates on those who believe in the 2nd Amendment.


“The goal should be to put criminals behind bars that commit gun crimes, not look for new ways to make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners,” Davids said.


Last year, Democrats – who control both bodies of the legislature and the governor’s office - enacted “universal” background checks and red flag confiscation orders. Now, they have approved legislation that establishes an arbitrary deadline for reporting lost and stolen firearms, meaning a person could be charged – even though they are a crime victim – if they fail to report a stolen gun within 48 hours.


There’s also a bill that creates an expanded definition of trigger activators, which Davids said could make some firearms, including Glocks, illegal.


Finally, there is the proposal that would place additional burdens on law-abiding firearm owners, forcing them to store a gun unloaded and equipped with a locking device or loaded in a locked firearm storage unit.


“The Democrats are trying to punish people for owning guns,” Davids said. “Do we really think a criminal is going to make sure a locking device is in place before going to sleep every night?”


Davids said all three of the Democrats’ anti-2nd Amendment bills now head to the Minnesota Senate. There, Democrats hold a one-seat majority, and one of their members who is alleged to have recently burglarized her stepmother’s home in the middle of the night will likely cast the deciding vote on all three of these proposals.