The One Minnesota Agenda

Gun Violence Prevention

Minnesotans deserve to feel safe in their communities, and to have their second amendment rights respected.

Gun Violence is taking an increasing toll on our communities. When any Minnesotan dies from gun violence, it’s a tragedy for all Minnesotans.

Tim has taken some heat over his record on guns in the DFL primary. so it’s important to have a clear understanding of the facts.

Yes, Tim has received campaign contributions from the NRA in his past congressional campaigns. He has donated all of the campaign contributions he received from the NRA to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports families of those who are injured or killed representing our nation in uniform.  He will not accept any additional campaign contributions from the NRA. In fact, he expects them to spend a lot of money trying to defeat him.

The most crucial element to look at is Tim’s record on taking action to prevent gun violence. Here are the facts:

In Congress, Tim has supported common sense gun violence prevention measures for years. He’s done that by:

  • Voting in support of universal background checks
  • Voting for “No Fly, No Buy” legislation
  • Voting to fund the CDC to study gun violence
  • Voting against Concealed Carry reciprocity that would allow gun owners from states with Concealed Carry laws on the book to to take their guns across state lines into states without such laws.
  • Being an original co-sponsor on the bill to ban so-called “bump stocks”

In addition to his work on this issue in Congress, there are things that we can do here in Minnesota.

The Walz Flanagan Administration wants to keep families safe and let Minnesotans enjoy their Second Amendment rights:

  • Support a Ban on Assault Weapons in Minnesota. Tim has long said that he’s open to an assault weapons ban, and he’s seen enough – we need a ban on military style assault rifles in Minnesota.
  • Pass Universal Background Checks. The facts don’t lie – in states where there are universal background check laws on the books, there are 52 percent fewer mass shootings. 48 percent fewer law enforcement officials are shot to death with handguns. 48 percent fewer people commit suicide by firearm. This is a step we can take to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.
  • Fight dangerous “Stand Your Ground” bills. Research conducted by the American Medical Association tells us that states with “Stand your Ground” laws on the books see a significant spike in homicide by firearm. This bill would be a non-starter in Tim and Peggy’s administration.
  • Fund our public institutions to do research into gun violence If Washington won’t fund research into gun violence, Minnesota will. Tim and Peggy will work to pass legislation that funds our public institutions to conduct research into gun violence prevention.
  • Institute the Gun Violence Prevention Order in Minnesota. This common sense law would enable law enforcement and family members to petition a court to prohibit an individual from possessing firearms if a judge finds they pose a significant danger to themselves or others.
  • Build the coalition to make progress on gun violence prevention. Minnesota had to fend off destructive legislation this year that would have made our communities less safe. As a lifelong sportsman and hunter, Tim has the credibility among law-abiding gun owners to build the coalitions necessary to finally get things done on this issue.