The start of the 2018 legislative session is coming up fast!
As you know, this will be a shortened session this year.
This means that we have to act fast as we make our push on Stand-Your-Ground law!
To do that, we are hoping to drop off a MASSIVE pile of petitions from gun owners in Minnesota at the very beginning of the upcoming session.
With thousands of gun owners having already signed their petition, I hope you will as well!
More on that below.
As a reminder, Stand-Your-Ground law is a very simple concept that would simply remove the duty to retreat that currently exists here in Minnesota, before you can defend yourself from an armed criminal!
As insane as it sounds, Minnesota is one of only a few states that hasn’t already enacted this life-saving legislation.
After all, if you are facing a life and death situation, the last thing you should be thinking about is ‘have I retreated enough steps’ before defending yourself!
This common sense legislation is sweeping the country, as Missouri and Iowa have enacted this legislation in just the past two years.
What’s more, it’s being considered in states like Wyoming, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nebraska and others this session.
But as we all know here in Minnesota, our legislature is extremely moderate and very unwilling to advance gun legislation without being pushed.
And that’s why I am counting on your signed petition, to send a message to the politicians in St Paul that we are not playing games — that we expect them to pass this legislation this year!
In addition to removing the duty to retreat, Stand-Your-Ground law should include additional important protections, including:
>>> The establishment of criminal immunity language which states that if
the underlying shooting was justified, you cannot be prosecuted for not
retreating before defending yourself.
>>> A similar civil immunity protection which states that if you were not
charged or were found ‘Not Guilty’ in criminal court, you cannot be
>>> Language that clarifies ‘third party’ defense here in Minnesota, allowing
you to defend your friends and family, just like you could defend
yourself in an attack.
That’s why it’s so essential that we pass Stand-Your-Ground here in Minnesota, to protect law abiding gun owners from being abused by the system as some already have.
That starts with making sure the legislature knows that gun owners are organized and ready to hold their elected officials accountable!
Nothing says that like a mountain of petitions in St Paul the moment they gavel back in.
Minnesota is at a crossroads.
While being led by a legislature that professes their loyalty to the Second Amendment, as you can see from the image below, our laws certainly don’t reflect that.
Shucks, even California has better self-defense laws than we do here in Minnesota! California!