A handful of gun bills are ready for a final vote. The Minnesota House was expected to take up bills Thursday that would legalize gun silencers and remove a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds. Other measures were also set for a vote.
The nation’s most powerful gun rights group is targeting Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan with a massive ad blitz the week before Election Day. The National Rifle Association has reserved $750,000 in ads starting Oct. 28, according to public filings. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker confirmed the ads would focus on Minnesota’s 8th District.
Target Corp. is in the crosshairs of a fight over gun rights. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is trying to pressure the Minneapolis-based retailer into prohibiting customers from carrying guns in its stores. It’s an attempt to counter gun owners in some states who’ve been shopping and dining with rifles slung over their shoulders to asset their rights to openly carry firearms in public.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill restricting gun possession rights for people convicted of domestic abuse and those subject to restraining orders. The measure was among 19 bills signed by Dayton Friday.
Thousands of Minnesota gun advocates joined nationwide rallies in support of gun rights.
Hundreds of people visit the State Capitol every day. What’s impossible to know is how many are carrying a concealed weapon.
House Democrats have left the Statehouse, stalling debate on two measures dealing with gun rights.