Bill would make Minnesota felons’ gun rights hard to restore

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2013 - 5:43 AM

Violent offenders would have harder time regaining gun rights.

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trice01Jan. 17, 1310:18 PM

How sad that Cornish is considered a champion of gun owners' rights. In the law enforcement community, he's considered to be a fool.

raleighmamaJan. 17, 1310:24 PM

MN law currently prohibits those convicted of violent felony crimes from possessing guns. What would this new legislation do?

minn12Jan. 17, 1310:33 PM

The only 'sea change' that is coming will be to vote out of office any liberal DFL'er who even thinks of restricting our 2nd Amendment rights. We've voted them out before, and we'll do it again. For the 100th time, gun bans, magazine capacity limits etc. have ALREADY BEEN TRIED and did NOTHING to stop mass shootings. Go look it up. Columbine happened in the middle of the LAST 'assault weapons' ban, and the Conn. school shootings happened in a state where 'assault weapons' are ALREADY BANNED. Made no difference whatsoever, did it. It is insanity to keep proposing over and over, things that history shows DON'T WORK. What WILL work, is eliminating the 'gun-free zones', where these shootings always take place. How about we focus on THAT for once??

thesealJan. 17, 1310:39 PM

Voting doesnt kill people, guns do.

pokey2007Jan. 17, 1311:01 PM


jarlmnJan. 17, 1311:23 PM

First Seemingly Radical Idea: Actually enforce long-existing gun laws that criminals blithely ignore. Zero tolerance. No plea-bargaining. One strike and you're out. Bye-bye, long time! Second Seemingly Radical Idea: Leave peaceful gun-owning citizens alone! Third Seemingly Radical Idea: Before being sworn-in, all presidents, governors, legislators and public officials must pass a reading and comprehension test on the Bill Of Rights.

drmanJan. 18, 1312:21 AM

...and we will just trust that they won't break the law and own guns. Funny. Did Obama think this up, or Gov. Dayton?

jcinmnJan. 18, 13 4:45 AM

"One of the most ardent gun rights supporters at the Capitol, Cornish believes that arming teachers and school employees would be the best deterrent for school shootings. Cornish opposes Goodwin's proposal in part because it would impede offenders' integration back into society. Cornish said his grandfather spent time in prison for a property crime and, even in his prison diaries, wrote about his desire to hunt again." This guy reminds me of Barney Fife! Impede offender's integration back into society? Violent offenders do not need guns to assist their integration back into society in the same way that they do not need to associate with their old buddies in crime. Let's stop bending over backwards to accommodate violators of the law!

jcinmnJan. 18, 13 4:52 AM

minn12 "... For the 100th time, gun bans, magazine capacity limits etc. have ALREADY BEEN TRIED and did NOTHING to stop mass shootings. Go look it up. Columbine happened in the middle of the LAST 'assault weapons' ban..." Been there! Done that! Dylan -- Intratec TEC-DC9 (9-mm semi-automatic handgun) attached to a strap slung over his shoulder (under coat), Savage 311-D 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun (barrel sawed down to approximately 23 inches, initially half-hidden in Dylan's cargos). Eric -- 10-shot Hi-Point model 995 carbine rifle on a strap (under coat), Savage-Springfield 67H 12-gauge pump shotgun he called 'Arlene' (named after a Doom character - initially in one of the duffels carried to the top of the grassy knoll -- stock and barrel sawed off, reducing the entire gun to 26 inches). Neither of these weapons could be described as assault weapons. As far as the New Town weapons, Connecticut is a very small state and an assault ban there would not impede the shooter's mother from crossing state lines to get the murder weapon of her choice.

sachmnJan. 18, 13 5:12 AM

It should be harder for felons to get guns. I'm confused, however, how that has anything at all to do with every citizen who has never committed a violent crime. So, "Minnesota's liberal gun-laws" should be expanded how; more background checks than the background checks that law-abiding citizens already submit to, who monitors private sales, requiring private sales go through an FFL? I'm also confused on how any of this applies to those who already know, and flout, the current laws.


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