Minnesota Looking To Become More Gun-Friendly

Minnesota Looking To Become More Gun-Friendly
A series of bills would allow residents more freedom to defend themselves. photo from dailycaller.comweb photo

A group of new bills currently under review by the Minnesota House of Representatives could have a big impact on the state's gun laws and result in some major victories for gun rights supporters, according to this story from dailycaller.com.

One bill is what's commonly referred to as a “stand your ground” law, which looks to clarify and extend the state law on “use of force in defense of home and person.” As it stands, state residents are required by law to “retreat in cases of self-defense outside the home,” which means someone has to have no viable retreat option before they can legally defend themselves while outside their home.

The new law would allow residents to use lethal force to stop a variety of felonies, whether a person is in their home or not. Those crimes include a variety of assaults, arson, burglary, robbery, and kidnapping.

"The individual is not required to retreat," the law says. The law also says that someone entering a home "by stealth" can be assumed to be an imminent threat that can be met with deadly force, unless the resident knows the person being stealthy has the legal right to be there.

Another bill is a constitutional carry law, which means, if it passes, state residents would not require anything more than state residency to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, although an optional permit would still be available.

The third bill is somewhat redundant as is seeks to loosen the restrictions for handgun permits, including reducing the fee by half and no longer requiring a permit renewal, the story says. Currently they have to be renewed every five years and cost $100.

This story from twincities.com says it remains unclear how much traction the bills will get in the state Senate, and that similar bills have garnered vetoes from Gov. Mark Drayton in the past.

Others think this year, the bills have more momentum.

“I think nationally, maybe because of fear or terrorism or crime, there’s more interest than ever,” said Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center), a gun rights proponent who chairs the pivotal public safety committee and has authored one of the bills, the story reports.

The twincities.com story also says that a fourth bill is incoming that would allow for great reciprocity for CCW permits, permitting the state to recognize permits from other states that would either require Minnesota to recognize permits from all other states, or define some specific criteria for which states would be excluded—such as states that don't require background checks, the story says. Currently Minnesota recognizes out-of-state gun permits only from states that are "similar."