April 28, 2003

Concealed Humor Permits - The

Concealed Humor Permits - The Minnesota House revealed its inner standup comic last week, according to the PiPress:

While the issue of giving Minnesotans more access to handgun permits is serious, the six-hour House debate about it last week wasn't always somber. Some highlights:

Best piece of literature: Rep. Lynn Carlson, DFL-Crystal, thought his colleagues needed to hear the tale of gun-toting's dangers. So he passed out the lyrics to Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town."

Best reason for more guns: Better umpiring at baseball games, suggested Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, if umps have to worry about armed fans in the stands.

Best line in the debate: "You never bring a knife to a gunfight,'' said Rep. Bill Haas, R-Champlin. He was talking to Rep. Ron Erhardt, R-Edina, who displayed a Swiss Army knife while seeking support for an amendment; it was defeated.

Best amendment offered: Rep. Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, sought to add a prohibition on gun permits going to any person who might be "a current representative elected from District 5A who is 5-foot-5 inches in height or shorter.'' His target: fellow Iron Ranger Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia. The amendment appeared to pass unanimously on a voice vote, but House Speaker Steve Sviggum ruled it did not pass.

We'll see if the Senate is up to that daunting standard today.

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