The Metrocrats dropped “House File 8” (HF8) this past week. The bill will institute “Universal Background Checks” for all firearms transfers in Minnesota.
- Expands background checks to all firearms. Current law requires the for pistols and “assaault weapons”.
- Raises the age to purchase a firearm to 21.
- A permit to purchase is good for one firearm, and expires immediately. They are currently valid for a year. And you’d need to get one to possess or receive any firearm at all, and it includes transfers between private parties. We’ll come back to this part.
- A permit to carry is no longer usable as a permit to purchase or transfer.
- Chiefs of police will no longer be able to process transfers.
- All private party transfers are covered; you’ll need to get a background check. Even/especially if you’re a straw buyer!
- Getting rid of all exemptions in current law.
Anyone notice what that third bullet does?
Every legal transfer includes a background check.
For making those checks useful in tracing crime weapons, they need to keep those on record.
And in IT, we have a term for “pieces of data that contain pointers to new pieces of data”. That term is “database”. HF8 would create a registry of guns in Minnesota – or at least of the guns owned by law-abiding citizens.
This is today’s DFL.
If you’re not a member of the MN Gun Owners Caucus, you need to be.