It stands to reason that we should all have the God-given right to protect ourselves from harm's way. But we all know that reason doesn't always govern the government.
In my home base of Minnesota, the state House and Senate have voted to pass NRA-backed HB 1467. If signed into law, the terms of the bill allow Minnesotans to stand their ground by removing the current "duty to retreat" from a threat. Currently, we must extend some "Minnesota nice" to attackers and run for our lives when faced with dangerous individuals. I, for one, would prefer to not be shot in the back.
Now it's on Governor Mark Dayton to approve the bill. According to the NRA-ILA (Institue for Legislative Action), it's quite possible he will vetoe the legislation. Let's hope for everyone's sake that he doesn't because, in addition to protecting Minnesotans, the bill would also provide universal recognition of handgun carry permits across the country: If you travel to Minnesota and have a carry permit, you can carry in Minnesota.
For more information about this bill and other bills that affect your rights as a sportsman and firearms owners, check in regularly with our friends at the NRA-ILA. I recommend you sign up for their free e-mail alerts to stay up to date on current legislative activity.
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