A few months back, we talked about a group – Minnesota Gun Rights (MGR) – which has been trying to make inroads into the Minnesota second amendment market. MGR is run by Chris Dorr, brother of Aaron Dorr, who runs “Iowa Gun Owners” (IGO), and was closely involved in the Ted Sorenson scandal in Iowa. IGO has a reputation of cutting off gun owners’ political noses to spite their faces. They are closely aligned with the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), has an extremely spotty record of accomplishment, and that is very likely being charitable; to say the least, their grasp of Minnesota politics is spotty. Oh, yeah – and the website for both the IGO and MGR are hosted in Iowa.
Today’s installment? Probably not quite as earth-shaking – but worth a look.
It’s a petition to restore “Constitutional Carry” – carry by law-abiding citizens without need for a permit, as in Alaska, Arizona and Vermont – to Minnesota. They say “restore” because until 1974, anyone in Minnesota who had the legal right to own a firearm at all could carry it, concealed, without a permit of any kind.
I forget – was crime lower in Minnesota back in 1973? Or higher?
Anyway – that’s all to the good. It’s also pie in the sky, in a state with a DFL governor and legislature.
But the petition has one other minor, more proximate flaw:
And while it’s just a typo on a petition, we’ve noted in the past the political problems caused by the IGO’s uncompromising push for pie-in-the-sky. The way to get to “Constitutional Carry” is by electing a conservative legislature and governor.
UPDATE: A correspendent sends me another, er, Minnesota Gun Rights emailer:
I love that second paragraph. Would a “true grassroots movement” maybe get it’s state correct?