While legalizing firearm suppressors has gotten most of the attention this legislative session, I think the most vital part of the Public Safety Omnibus bill is Rep. Newberger’s “Katrina Bill”, which would bar the state government from confiscating citizens’ firearms during a state of emergency.
How important is this? As we speak, in Maryland, the government is clamping down on the availability of ammunition…
…which is another way of making civilian firearms useless. Of course, during Hurricane Katrina, the local police went door-to-door, confiscating firearms. Current Minnesota law allows the state governnment even more-onerous leeway than Maryland law.
And a quick note to the “Minnesota” gun groups that advocate focusing only on “Constitutional Carry”; even if that were to pass, it wouldn’t affect state emergency powers.
This bill needs to pass.