Blaine Trap and Skeet Students getting involved with civic duties
Dear Parents and Students,
At the beginning of the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session, three Gun-control bills were introduced by the House Majority DFL members. The three laws introduced were the Red Flag Law, Universal background checks, and Gun registration. All three bills are harmful to gun owners, but as proposed, Universal background checks would eliminate our team sport and high school outdoor classes. As reported by WCCO, “Senator Latz also introduced another bill, SF 1261, that calls for universal background checks for all persons buying guns in transactions between private parties — including intrastate sales online, and using platforms such as Craigslist and Armslist — that currently require no background check. Under the proposed law, if neither the buyer nor the seller is a federally licensed arms dealer, they would both be required to appear before such a dealer, who would be required to conduct the check and fill out and keep a record of the transaction on a federal form.”
But what the above quote does not tell are the actual details. Under HF8 it would be illegal to:
- Own, buy, or sell any firearm to persons under the age of 21. This includes sporting shotguns and bolt-action rifles. If you are under the age of 21, you can’t own or have a firearm. Period.
- Would require a background check to give a firearm to another individual who was not in your immediate family. As defined by the law, immediate family does not include aunts or uncles and does not specifically list step-children.
- If a Trap or Skeet coach loaned a shotgun to a team member under the age of 18, it would be considered an illegal transfer and subject to a crime.
- Would require an adult from the immediate family to be with the team member at all times while using a firearm during the Trap and Skeet season or hunting with a firearm.
- Would require an immediate family member (adult) to bring the firearm to the range, personally hand the firearm to the team member, in turn the team member would hand the firearm back to the family member after practice for transportation. Students could no longer handle or travel to and from practice with a firearm unless an adult parent was in the vehicle or present.
- If a firearm were to break during practice or competition, a background check would be required for a firearm to exchange hands. Also, a valid “one-time use” permit to purchase would be required and presented to a Federal Firearms Licensee at the time of transfer. Carry permits would no longer be valid as a permit to purchase. All exchanges, no matter how mild, would be required to go through a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer, background check, and over-the- counter form (Form 4473) filled out.
If this law is passed, it would end the youth firearm safety programs, youth shooting sports, high school outdoor classes, and youth firearm hunting. Our goal is to make you aware of the negative impact all these laws will have on the Minnesota gun owners and students in our program. Below is the link to the bill as presented in the MN House.
On February 23, 2019, we plan on rallying with other 2nd Amendment supporters from across the state at the Minnesota State Capitol. Rob Doar from MN Gun Caucus is at the MN Capitol every day and they have organized a rally to defend our 2nd Amendment at the MN State Capitol on Saturday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It will be held indoors in the Capitol Rotunda, so please mark your calendars for this event as well.
Here is a link to the rally
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