Minnesota is one of only four states in the nation that does not have some provision in its constitution addressing the right to own guns. That could change under a bill filed at the Legislature today.
Rep. Tom Hackbarth is proposing a constitutional amendment be placed on the ballot acknowledging the right to keep, bear, and use arms:
It would read:
The right of a citizen to keep, bear, and use arms for the defense and security of the person, family, or home, or for lawful hunting, recreation, or marksmanship training is fundamental and shall not be infringed.
To appear on the ballot, the question will need a two-thirds approval of both the House and Senate. It would not need the approval of Gov. Mark Dayton.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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