Monday, February 25, 2013
Sheriff James Stuart posted a statement on his role and questions of gun control on Facebook Monday.
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart posted this statement on Facebook Monday afternoon: The role of the county sheriff and gun control: Across our great nation, there has been a great deal of discussion about gun control and the role of the county sheriff. As sheriffs, we hold a unique position as the only elected chief law enforcement officers. The sheriff is the sworn protector of the citizens of the entire county. We report solely to the citizens who have elected us. This is an honor that is affirmed through an oath of office. By taking this sacred oath, I have given my word to support, defend, and obey the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Minnesota. ... Because of this unique enforcement role, county sheriffs…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Several House bills concerning gun laws will take center stage in the Minnesota Legislature starting Tuesday. Fridley's state senator also authored a gun bill.
The debate over gun control will dominate politics in Minnesota this week. President Barack Obama will start the discussion with a visit to Minneapolis on Monday to deliver remarks and discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his “comprehensive set of commonsense ideas” to reduce gun violence. "Minneapolis is a city that has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed," a White House news release states. "President Obama will visit with members of the community about their experiences and discuss additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence." On the local level, several bills concerning gun laws were introduced …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with law enforcement and community members to discuss gun control measures nationwide.
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with local officials about gun violence, less than two months after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of 20 children and six school staffers. The day trip will be the president’s first one outside Washington to discuss his “common-sense” plan to combat gun violence, introduced on January 16 and reiterated a few days later in his weekly video address to the nation (see above). The visit follows his promises to heavily involve communities in tackling this issue. “Everything we do combines both a legislative strategy with a broad-based communications and outreach strategy to get people engaged and involved, so that it's not …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Mike Freeman suggested some fixes to state law that would keep guns from people he thinks shouldn’t have them.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 46) and Rep. John Lesch (DFL-District 66B) are pushing for five changes to state law that they say would keep guns from people who shouldn’t have them. At a press conference Thursday, Freeman spelled out the following recommendations included in the legislation that’s been introduced: Watch the three men speak about the proposal in the video above. Hearings on the proposal are scheduled for next week in the House and the end of February in the Senate.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
All in day's work for MN senator representing Fridley: She introduced legislation Thursday to put a stop to on-stage smoking and felon gun-rights.
Felons wouldn't be able to get their gun rights back and actors wouldn't be able to smoke on stage if two bills state Sen. Barb Goodwin introduced Thursday become law. The bill prohibiting felons from petitioning for restored firearms rights is the first legislation regarding guns in the new session of the Minnesota Legislature that started Jan. 8, 2013. Both the smoking and gun bills are issues Goodwin has pushed in previously at the Minnesota Senate:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Citizens continue to file requests with sheriff's office in large numbers, according to reports.
The record-setting pace of Anoka County residents seeking gun permits hasn't slowed down in the month since the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT. WCCO-TV reported: On Monday, Anoka County received 49 applications for permits to carry handguns – setting a new one-day record. That topped the previous record set on New Year’s Eve. The Star Tribune reported there have been three record days for numbers of permit seekers in the last month. The first record was set in the days immediately after the Newtown shooting, with the Trail's End store in Fridley experiencing a "feeding frenzy" of customer purchases of firearms and ammunition, according to the store manager.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Child safety, supervision, guns in the household are all topics in the death of a Minneapolis 2-year-old boy shot by his 4-year-old sibling.
- On Patch
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
MN senator representing Fridley cited felons' ease of getting gun rights.
State Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) said Friday she would object to a gun-rights bill on the Senate floor because committees won't take into account news that Minnesota's laws on felons getting guns are among the nation's "loosest." Goodwin, who represents parts of Fridley, cited a New York Times article ("Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights"). The article includes this: Using partial data from Minnesota’s Judicial Branch, The Times identified more than 70 cases since 2004 of people convicted of “crimes of violence” who have gotten their gun rights back. A closer look at a number of them found a superficial process. The cases included ... [a] man whose petition was approved without even a hearing, even though his felony involved …