Skip to comments.Legislators Push Stiffening Laws To Sell Handguns (MN)
Posted on 02/15/2009 7:52:16 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
Is it too easy to get certain types of guns in Minnesota? Some state lawmakers think so and will be introducing a new bill this week.
The proposed law would require all buyers of pistols or assault weapons to have a permit-to-purchase or pass a locally-conducted background check.
Currently, if you want to buy a pistol or assault weapon in Minnesota from a licensed dealer, you need a permit and background check. However, that's not the case if you buy from a private seller at places like gun shows, garage sales or on the Internet.
"It's a fairly gaping loophole that we have in our current law," said State Representative Michael Paymar. "It's a fairly simple process so we're trying to weed out dangerous people who should not be possessing those kinds of weapons."
Paymar and others want to plug that loophole by requiring everyone, including private parties, to sell these types of weapons through a licensed firearms dealer.
Jim Wright owns Crocodile Productions, which organizes 20 gun shows a year around the metro. He said the great majority of sellers at the shows are federally licensed dealers, who already require permits.
He said in the shows he's involved with occasionally there's someone liquidating a personal collection. Wright said he doesn't see the point of more regulation.
"All of the criminals have the best guns on the market. And they're not buying them legally, anywhere," said Wright.
However, gun control advocates say it makes sense to expand the existing law to keep guns away from people with mental health problems and with convictions for felonies and domestic violence.
"If we can keep some of those dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people we'll be successful," added Paymar.
Dealers, who didn't want to talk on camera, said there is a concern that the government is going too far.
"The only thing as far as prohibiting somebody from selling their own personal gun, it's just infringing on their rights," said Wright.
There is a provision in the bill to allow a gun owner to sell to a relative without requiring a permit. The legislation is being introduced later this week in the Minnesota House and will get a hearing in two weeks.
There are one or two inaccuracies in this story........
I'm awaiting a reply to an email I sent to this "reporter".......
It would seem politicians of all sorts are getting a little frighten.
Finally. That's about the only emotion I approve of in a politician.
This is what happens when democrats are in the majority.
“It’s a fairly simple process so we’re trying to weed out dangerous people who should not be possessing those kinds of weapons.”
I’m sure Rep Paymar will be providing the evidence that will support the notion that some notable number of dangerous people are, in fact, acquiring handguns and ‘assault’ weapons illegally under the current framework... Of course, he will... Anytime now...
Another Dim soon to be Dhim Dem.
Traitors, they all want American citizens disarmed so the USA can be ruled by leftie/commie fascist dictators.
We need an armed rebellion or a military coup. The Dims have got to go. Jail em all.
Push is going to come to shove.
This sounds just about like the federal House Bill HR 45, but on a state level.
Paymar was one of the primary assclowns who made stupid comments opposing the MPPA (MN carry law)passage back in 2003 during endless hearings.
Just another anti-gun ,metrocrat, libtard.
“This sounds just about like the federal House Bill HR 45, but on a state level.”
It sure does......
If one buys a gun from a private (non-FFL) party in MN, there is currently no paperwork or permit required.