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Stroller-Jammin’ Moms Beat Gun Lobby in Shootout at St. Paul Starbucks

Some of the Moms Deman Action supporters who demonstrated outside the Grand Avenue Starbucks in St. Paul on Saturday, Sept. 7 to demand that Starbucks stop letting gun owners from wearing and openly displaying weapons inside Starbucks coffee shops. The Moms beat the Guns.

Starbucks finally woke up and smelled the coffee!

The giant coffee chain announced late Tuesday that it will no longer allow the open carrying of guns in its properties, banning the display of guns — even legally licenses weapons — both inside its restaurants and in outdoor seating areas. Stroller-jammin’ moms in St Paul helped win the fight. Continue Reading →

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Capitol Gun Safety Discussion Begins, Ends In Confusion, Disagreement. Is Paymar Out?

Statye Rep. Michael Paymar, (D-St. Paul), chair of the House Public Safety Committee, discusses a gun safety bill that passed out of his committee last spring with Joe Olson (l), head of s gun owners' group. Click to see video of Wednesday's task force discussion on gun safety in the Capitol.

Story for The UpTake by Kathryn Nelson and Nick Coleman

The Minnesota State Patrol does not always verify that gun owners have valid permits to carry handguns before they are added to a list of gun owners allowed to carry weapons inside the Minnesota Capitol and its complex. That surprising admission was made Wednesday at a tense meeting of the advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol Security that exposed a number of areas of confusion in the state’s gun permitting laws and how they are interpreted at the Capitol and its 14-acre complex of associated buildings. Testimony by State Patrol Maj. Bob Meyerson caused a number of startled looks on the six-member task force, which is headed by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Meyerson told the panel that gun owners are required to have a Minnesota Permit to Carry as well as permission from the Commissioner of Public Safety in order to bring their handguns into the State Capitol. Continue Reading →

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Milwaukee Jurors See Video of Shooting of 13-year-old youth by White “Gun Nut”

Darius Simmons, 13, was shot by a white neighbor in 2012

A Milwaukee jury was shown dramatic and disturbing video Tuesday of a 13-year-old boy being shot at point-blank range by a 75-year-old neighbor who confronted him in front of the boy’s home while the youth was bringing in garbage bins from the curb. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Gun Battle Breaks Out of Committee, Moves to House Floor

Battle Lines: Joe Olson, left, president of the MN Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, spars with Rep. Michael Paymar, D-St. Paul, chair of the House Public Safety Committee, after committee approval of a bill requiring background checks for gun buyers at gun shows. The battle over gun safety now moves to the full House.

A dramatically weakened gun-safety bill eked out a narrow escape from a Minnesota House committee Thursday, keeping the explosive issue of gun violence alive, ensuring that the Legislature will be asked to consider some tightening of Minnesota gun laws, and setting up contentious floor fights over the issue in the House in the weeks ahead. After two months of debate, the House Public Safety Committee, chaired by Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, passed a bill including a softened requirement for background checks on buyers at gun shows. The narrow approval, on mostly party lines, came on a 10-8 vote (one Democrat, John Ward of Baxter, voted no), that presaged a contentious floor fight ahead. Rep. Tony Cornish, a gun-carrying Republican from Good Thunder, promised as much, telling Paymar after the vote to expect an all-out effort to defeat the bill. Continue Reading →

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Gun Fight: Can Minnesota Have a Fair Gun Debate at Gunpoint?

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What if they gave a debate about guns in society and there were no guns in the room?

Minnesota may never know what that would look like.

Last week’s series of hearings in the Minnesota State Capitol on legislation to reduce gun violence had an unintended and unforeseen outcome: Guns in society wasn’t the most pressing issue. Guns in the Capitol was. Continue Reading →

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MN One Million Hoodies Rally for Trayvon Martin

Thousands of Minnesotans will take part in a peaceful demonstration from 6-8 p.m. tonight on the Northrup Mall at the University of Minnesota to mourn the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and speak out against racial profiling and gun violence in Florida and other states including Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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NRA Uses Fear To Sell Guns, Says Minnesota State Senator

Senator Barb Goodwin (DFL-Fridley)

Minnesota State Senator Barb Goodwin (Democratic Farm Labor party) says that a “shoot first” gun bill proposed by Republicans would make Minnesota seem like the wild west. She tells how her father was a postman and how this would add fear to that line of work. Continue Reading →

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