Minneapolis City Council to lobby for state "concealed carry" & other infringements

posted Jan 23, 2013, 7:45 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 6:37 AM ]
The Minneapolis city council has revealed in its amended 2013 Legislative Agenda that it intends to lobby for an amendment to the state statute to required "concealed carry" of firearms for those with a permit to carry (effectively making "open carry" illegal in the state of MN). Open carry is currently legal in the state of Minnesota if you have a valid permit to carry. The amended Legislative Agenda also calls for other over-reaching and infringing actions in regard to legal possessors of firearms (changing state law to make your yard "public property," changing state law to remove the state preemption clause in regard to firearms, i.e. they want cities to set their own ordinances and policies with regard to firearms, which would be a logistical nightmare for those of us who carry from city to city within MN).

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We urge you to contact each member of the Minneapolis city council to express your concerns over their agenda and their attempt at over-reach into matters of the state.

Click here to see our FB post 1 and post 2, which include emails and phone numbers for city council members.

UPDATE: Jan. 29

Action Item.

The Minneapolis City Council is moving ahead with its extremist gun control "legislative agenda" items. There are several troubling line items, each rife with problems and potential for unintended consequences, but one of the most important is their objective of lobbying for an amendment to the state firearms law which would remove preemption for cities. The Minneapolis City Council is seeking state legislators to author and support bill(s) which would strike preemption from the law. This agenda item has already been approved and they will be moving forward with it.

Meaning, right now state law overrides any attempt by cities to make their own ordinances or policies regarding firearms. The Minneapolis City Council thinks it would be a good idea to have EACH city in Minnesota determine its own ordinances and policies regarding firearms, i.e. how you carry (open or concealed), what you can or cannot carry (ex. semi-automatic handguns), what size magazines are allowed in city limits, where you can or cannot carry (ex. parks or other public places), etc. In short, a logistical and operational nightmare for anyone who carries from city to city.

So, when your contacting your reps about the other MN gun control proposals to be introduced this week (see yesterday's post), tell them to also oppose any attempt by the Minneapolis City Council to lobby for and find authors for removal of preemption. And tell the Minneapolis City Council to focus on the real problem which is the culture of violence within areas of their own city instead of trying to force their extremist agenda on the entire state.

MN violent crime dropped 25% between 2005 - 2011 (shall issue permit to carry was implemented in 2005). Tell legislators that the law is working just fine the way it is, and that there is a corollary drop in violent crime to support the fact that it's working fine ON ALL LEVELS.

Here are their email addresses:
robert.lilligren@minneapolismn.gov 
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov 
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov,
cam.gordon@minneapolismn.gov 
diane.hofstede@minneapolismn.gov 
barbara.johnson@minneapolismn.gov 
don.samuels@minneapolismn.gov
lisa.goodman@minneapolismn.gov 
gary.schiff@minneapolismn.gov 
meg.tuthill@minneapolismn.gov
John.Quincy@minneapolismn.gov
Sandy.Colvin.Roy@minneapolismn.gov 
betsy.hodges@minneapolismn.gov

Also CC
Mpls police chief Janee Harteau: janee.harteau@minneapolismn.gov

Asst. Mpls police chief Matt Clark: matthew.clark@minneapolismn.gov

Mayor RT Rybak: r.t.rybak@minneapolismn.gov

Copy the Twin Cities area representatives who will likely be asked to sponsor and support these bills:

Diane Loeffler, rep.diane.loeffler@house.mn, 651-296-4219
Phyllis Kahn, rep.phyllis.kahn@house.mn, 651-296-4257
Joe Mullery, rep.joe.mullery@house.mn, 651-296-4262 
Raymond Dehn, rep.raymond.dehn@house.mn, 651-296-8659


UPDATE: Jan. 24, 2013

Action Item:

Quick update on the Minneapolis city council meeting to approve their amended legislative agenda on firearms. I will post more details later after compiling notes and watching the video again.

They said they heard from "a lot" of people on both sides of the issue, and specifically heard from many people concerned about 2A rights and from those who have concerns over the city's stated desire to change state law to require "concealed carry" (open carry is currently legal in MN, with a valid permit to carry, they want to make it illegal). And they also heard from many people about the council's desire to change state law to deem your "yard" public property.

Parts of the agenda were approved, and others held over for more discussion at the next Committee of the Whole (will detail later). Parts held over for more discussion include:
--the open carry issue
--the "private property" issue (they want to change state law and make your yard "public property")
--looking at placing further restrictions on the purchase and carrying of firearms based on age (18-21)

They also want to lobby to have the state firearms law changed to remove the preemption clause so that cities can implement their own ordinances and policies, which would be a logistical and operational nightmare for those of us with a permit-to-carry. If the preemption were to be removed, literally each city in Minnesota could have different laws regarding concealed/open carry and other restrictions or bans on carrying in public places which are currently legal.

They need to hear from more of US than those who oppose us. Please inundate the council members with your calls and emails regarding your concerns as they move forward with more research on the above issues (they are also working on a lot more actions that have potential to infringe your rights). The point was made more than once by council members that this is an issue that crosses party lines (let them know you vote, and will oppose them if they act to infringe your rights). Just because parts of this "agenda" have been approved, it's just that... an "agenda." They need to keep hearing from you! Whether you live in Mpls or not, their actions have potential to affect all of us in the state.

Here are their email addresses:
robert.lilligren@minneapolismn.gov
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov,
cam.gordon@minneapolismn.gov
diane.hofstede@minneapolismn.gov
barbara.johnson@minneapolismn.gov
don.samuels@minneapolismn.gov
lisa.goodman@minneapolismn.gov
gary.schiff@minneapolismn.gov
meg.tuthill@minneapolismn.gov
John.Quincy@minneapolismn.gov
Sandy.Colvin.Roy@minneapolismn.gov
betsy.hodges@minneapolismn.gov

Also CC
Mpls police chief Janee Harteau: janee.harteau@minneapolismn.gov

Asst. Mpls police chief Matt Clark: matthew.clark@minneapolismn.gov

Mayor RT Rybak: r.t.rybak@minneapolismn.gov

Copy the Twin Cities area representatives who will likely be asked to sponsor and support these bills:

Diane Loeffler, rep.diane.loeffler@house.mn, 651-296-4219
Phyllis Kahn, rep.phyllis.kahn@house.mn, 651-296-4257
Joe Mullery, rep.joe.mullery@house.mn, 651-296-4262
Raymond Dehn, rep.raymond.dehn@house.mn, 651-296-8659

More to follow.


Minneapolis City Council

Barbara Johnson 
612-673-2204 
barbara.johnson@minneapolismn.gov

Diane Hofstede 
612-673-2203 
diane.hofstede@minneapolismn.gov

Don Samuels 
612-673-2205 
don.samuels@minneapolismn.gov

John Quincy 
612-673-2211 
john.quincy@minneapolismn.gov

Sandra Colvin Roy 
612-673-2212 
sandra.colvin.roy@minneapolis-mn.gov

Meg Tuthill 
612-673-2210 
meg.tuthill@minneapolismn.gov

Kevin Reich 
612-673-2201 
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov

Cam Gordon 
612-673-2202 
cam.gordon@minneapolismn.gov

Robert Lilligren 
612-673-2206 
robert.lilligren@minneapolismn.gov

Lisa Goodman 
612-673-2207 
lisa.goodman@minneapolismn.gov

Elizabeth Glidden 
612-673-2208 
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

Gary Schiff 
612-673-2209 
gary.schiff@minneapolismn.gov

Betsy Hodges 
612-673-2213 
betsy.hodges@minneapolismn.gov
 

 

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Ronnie V,
Jan 25, 2013, 11:04 AM
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