To the editor:
Minnesota's Sen. Susan Kent and Rep. Steve Sandell are in support of closing the "gun show loophole" by requiring all gun sales be subject to a background check. Sounds good, right? Well as always, the devil is in the details. House bill HF08, cosponsored Sandell, does a little more than what is reported by the media. Let's go through some of the changes in this proposed legislation.
Your daughter or son can serve in the military at 18, but they can't buy a shotgun or deer rifle to go hunting until they are 21. Legally, they are an adult at 18 and able to buy a car, house and sign contracts but not able to buy a gun. The proposed bill expands the definition of guns to all firearms which now includes shotguns and rifles.
Well, how do you legally buy a gun once you're 21 or older? You will need to get a form from your sheriff or chief of police. Your transferee permit will be approved or denied in seven days. Have you heard that all guns are now subject to a waiting period?
By the way, people who have taken the state's requirements to obtain a permit to carry will no longer be allowed to purchase a firearm without going through the proposed transfer process. All required forms, transfer background checks and reporting are at the expense of the chiefs of police and sheriffs. This will be a heavy time and expense burden on our police departments.
Finally, you may give your firearm to a friend or neighbor to go hunting, but if they have it in their possession for more than 12 hours, you can be convicted of a gross misdemeanor. Gross misdemeanors are punishable up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $3,000.
People who want to hurt others or themselves will always find a way. Let's not trample on the rights of the law-abiding citizens in the name of making "common sense gun laws."