State of Minnesota Archives: on Gun Control


Tina Smith: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority

Everytown for Gun Safety threw its support behind 11 Democratic Senate candidates including incumbent Democratic Sen. Tina Smith (MN).

"Everytown is going all-in to flip the Senate and elect leaders who will treat America's gun violence epidemic like the crisis it is," the Everytown President said. The group has targeted a number of key races in the House and Senate, emphasizing the need to protect what it calls a "gun sense majority," which is mostly comprised of Democratic candidates.˙

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2020 Minnesota Senate endorsements Jun 9, 2020

Karin Housley: Reasonable ban on bump stocks

Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Smith: Yes. Supports "common-sense gun laws" to keep guns from criminals & dangerous individuals: bump stock, assault weapon & high-capacity magazine bans.

Housley: No, with exceptions. Supports "a reasonable ban on bump stocks." Otherwise, focuses on enforcing existing gun laws & addressing mental health.

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide Nov 1, 2018

Tina Smith: Supports common-sense gun laws

Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Smith: Yes. Supports "common-sense gun laws" to keep guns from criminals & dangerous individuals: bump stock, assault weapon & high-capacity magazine bans.

Housley: No, with exceptions. Supports "a reasonable ban on bump stocks." Otherwise, focuses on enforcing existing gun laws & addressing mental health.

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide Nov 1, 2018

Pete Stauber: Protect 2nd amendment: database on mentally ill & abusers

Stauber says he is committed to protecting the 2nd Amendment. During a forum earlier this year Stauber said he would support a national database of people who should not own guns due to issues like mental illness or a history of domestic abuse.
Source: MPR Minnesota voter guide: 2018 Congressional MN-8 election Oct 10, 2018

Jeff Johnson: Arm trained professionals in schools

Q: Support more restrictive Gun Control legislation?

Jeff Johnson (R): No. Opposes expanded background checks. Wants to arm trained professionals in schools & strengthen existing laws, not restrict "rights of law-abiding gun owners" with new laws.

Tim Walz (D): Yes. Supports expanded background checks & banning assault-style weapons--not arming teachers (he was a teacher for 20 years).

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tim Walz: Expand background checks; ban assault-style weapons

Q: Support more restrictive Gun Control legislation?

Jeff Johnson (R): No. Opposes expanded background checks. Wants to arm trained professionals in schools & strengthen existing laws, not restrict "rights of law-abiding gun owners" with new laws.

Tim Walz (D): Yes. Supports expanded background checks & banning assault-style weapons--not arming teachers (he was a teacher for 20 years).

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Jeff Johnson: Gun control laws only put the guns in the hands of criminals

The U.S. Constitution is unequivocal: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Self-defense is a fundamental individual right and creating new "gun control" restrictions on law-abiding citizens will only leave guns in the hands of criminals.
Source: 2018 Minnesota JohnsonForGovernor.org campaign website Sep 1, 2018

Karin Housley: No background checks nor buyers' waiting periods

Housley said, " I'm pro-Second Amendment. I think our gun laws are extremely important, especially greater Minnesota, where it's sportsmen-land. It's the rights of everybody in the United States, the right to bear arms."

Housley said she is not in favor of any moderate gun-control measures--namely, background checks, buyers' waiting periods or inter-state records transparency. There's already a solid law framework in place, she said, it's just a matter of applying it.

"We need to enforce the gun laws that we have," Housley said. "I don't think there is a need for more gun laws in any of the incidences we have across the country. Things have fallen through the cracks and the gun laws on the books were not enforced."

Housley characterized the high rates of gun violence as a mental health issue, one that can be addressed with increased emphasis and funding on mental health services. "That's absolutely where I want to spearhead this issue," she said. "That's where resources are needed."

Source: Brainerd Dispatch: 2017-8 Minnesota Special Senate Election Jul 31, 2018

Lori Swanson: Supports variety of common sense gun safety reforms

Lori supports common-sense gun safety reforms.˙ We should ban bump stocks.˙ We should have enhanced background checks.˙ We should allow law enforcement to petition judges to remove guns from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.˙ ˙ Public health authorities should be able to study the causes of gun violence, so long as adequate safeguards are in place to protect individual privacy.˙We must help make our schools safer places of learning for our kids.˙
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website LoriSwanson.com Jul 4, 2018

Paula Overby: I don't support an absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Oppose--The second amendment specifies the need for a well-regulated militia which certainly assumes some level of accountability. As such, I don't support an absolute right to gun ownership. Just as citizens claim the right to use weapons for protection, citizens have the right to claim protection for the misuse of those weapons. That said, I believe the extreme levels of gun violence in America filters down from a high level of militarism promoted by the weapons manufacturers. It is evidenced by weapons as a major US export, surplus military transfers to local police departments through the 1033 program,

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate May 13, 2018

Jim Newberger: Absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Support.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate Mar 15, 2018

Mark Dayton: Commonsense criminal background checks to all gun purchases

Minnesota lawmakers can side with the NRA, who strongly opposes commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence in our schools and communities, or they can side with the schoolchildren of Minnesota who are begging us for it. I thank you for legislation to extend criminal background checks to all gun purchases and require all lost or stolen firearms be promptly reported to law enforcement. Those changes will help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. They will save lives.
Source: 2018 Minnesota State of the State address Mar 14, 2018

Jim Newberger: Supports 2nd Amendment rights

Jim has a proven record of supporting our Second Amendment Rights.
Source: 2018 Minnesota Senatorial website JimForUSSenate.com Oct 1, 2017

Jason Lewis: Liquor prohibition failed & so will gun prohibition

You'd have thought our failed experiment banning liquor--Prohibition--would have [dissuaded] politicians banning adults from doing things bureaucrats disapprove of. Nope, the busybodies are busier than ever & now they've got their sights set on firearms. The Supreme Court has acknowledged an inherent and individual right to self-defense in the Constitution--and the government must respect that right. I will always stand up for our Constitutional rights of life and liberty--and the means to defend them.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com Nov 8, 2016

Rebecca Otto: Status quo on guns isn't working

After the San Bernardino mass shooting, Otto took to her Twitter account. "Enough already!' Otto posted. "America, you have been used by the gun industry. Time to push back and say no more of this #gunsanity." It was among the first of more than 100 tweets about guns Otto posted over the next several days. She repeated hat "what we are doing is not working," along with a call to lift a ban on gun studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press on 2018 Minnesota Governor race Jan 23, 2016

Karin Housley: Convicted felons can get firearm license reinstated

Legislative Summary:SF 878: License revocation after conviction; firearm suppressor.Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 39-22-6, April 23, 2015 (Sen. Karin Housley voted NAY); passed House 115-19-0, April 28, 2015; signed by Governor Dayton, April 28, 2015
Source: 2018 Minnesota Voting Records SF 878 Apr 28, 2015

Michelle Fischbach: Convicted felons can get firearm license reinstated

Legislative Summary: SF 878: License revocation after conviction; firearm suppressor.Legislative outcome:˙Passed Senate 39-22-6, April 23, 2015 (Sen. Michelle Fischbach voted NAY); passed House 115-19-0, April 28, 2015; signed by Governor Dayton, April 28, 2015
Source: 2018 Minnesota Voting Records SF 878 Apr 28, 2015

Mark Dayton: Lifetime ban on convicted felons getting firearm license

Legislative Summary:SF 878: License revocation after conviction; firearm suppressor.Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 39-22-6, April 23, 2015; passed House 115-19-0, April 28, 2015; signed by Governor Dayton, April 28, 2015
Source: 2018 Minnesota Voting Records SF 878 Apr 23, 2015

Jim Abeler: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Abeler: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole

While describing himself as a strong believer in gun rights, McFadden also said he could vote for widening background checks for gun purchases.

"It does bother me that someone who couldn't pass a background check at Walmart could then go right down to a gun show and buy a gun," McFadden said. "So I would consider expanded background checks, specifically closing that gun show loophole."

Source: CBS Minnesota WCCO on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 23, 2013

Mike McFadden: Open to looking at expanding background checks

Q: The Senate voted down expanding background checks on gun purchases. Would you support that?

A: I'm a strong believer in the Second Amendment, and the right to bear arms. It does concern me that someone that's not allowed to buy a gun at Wal-Mart because they didn't pass a background check is allowed to go and purchase one at a gun show. I would be open to looking at expanding background checks.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 15, 2013

Tom Emmer: Concealed carry ok; but require licenses & restrictions

Q: Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?

A: Yes.

Q: Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a license be required for gun possession?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: Yes.

Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mark Dayton: Against gun registration

All three candidates agreed on virtually all aspects of the issue. Gibson suggested the government put more money into enforcing existing laws. Grams chided Dayton for saying he was against gun registration, saying he (Dayton) had answered several surveys to the contrary.
Source: By Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio on-line Nov 6, 2000

Mark Dayton: For background checks & trigger locks

I support the Second Amendment and will continue my support as Senator. I support current law, including the ban on assault weapons and I support the federal law, including background checks on all purchasers of firearms. I do believe that trigger locks should be provided on new handguns, and I believe those who sell guns at gun shows should be subject to the same requirements as other firearm dealers.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

Mark Dayton: Zero tolerance for guns in schools

I strongly support the law which makes it a federal offense to possess and discharge a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. There should be zero tolerance for guns in schools!
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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