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Friday, May 3, 2024

ST. PAUL – State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) said the Democrats’ assault on your 2nd Amendment rights continued this week, as the majority party in the Minnesota House approved 3 measures that will punish law abiding gun owners.


“The DFL’s ideas regarding gun violence focus on burdening law-abiding gun owners with burdensome regulations and potential fines,” Torkelson said. “Instead, we should focus on catching criminals and punishing them for breaking the law.”


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; and created an expanded definition of trigger activators, which may impact some commonly used guns. 


But the biggest change, according to Torkelson, would place additional firearm storage burdens on law-abiding firearm owners. Specifically, the bill requires a person to store a firearm that is not in the person’s direct control or within reach in a gun safe, gun room, or unloaded with a locking device. In other words, potentially separating you from your last line of defense if someone invades your home.


Torkelson said all three anti-2nd Amendment bills now head to the Minnesota Senate, where 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.