MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Republican state lawmaker says the al-Shabaab threat against the Mall of America means gun holders with permits should be able to take their weapons into the mall.
It currently has a “no guns allowed” policy, with mall officials claiming the entire facility is private property. State Representative Tony Cornish is the chair of the House Public Safety Committee.READ MORE: Stillwater DOC Employee 'No Longer Employed' Following On-Camera Clash With Activists
He said the Mall of America has interpreted the conceal-and-carry law wrong and he’s going to challenge them on it.READ MORE: Finishing On Time Becoming More Out Of Reach As End Of Session Nears, Legislative Leaders Say
“This is completely ridiculous. The complete opposite of what they should be doing,” Cornish said. “If we’re threatened with an attack, the last thing you want to do is disarm citizens.”
Representative Cornish said the intent was to allow legal weapons in open areas, like malls and mall hallways, while giving individual stores the option to ban them.MORE NEWS: 'We Put The Love And You Feel The Soul': New Barbecue Spot Helps Bring Lake Street Back To Life
This isn’t the first time Minnesota has been the focus of a terrorism video.