MN Castle Doctrine Help


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tabsr
February 20, 2008, 11:30 PM
We have a Castle Doctrine bill pending in MN. I have been writing the Pols for support. Read below the answer from a State Rep and his position. Need a good response to send him. Send suggestions.

Hi, Thomas. I am not an expert on gun law, but I understand that responsible gun owners would like to be immune from prosecution if they are legitimately defending themselves, especially at home. I guess I don't have a comfort level yet with how this would work--obviously if a guy breaks in your house and you shoot him when kids are around he should not be able to sue you. But how one interprets what is defensive vs. offensive gets kind of fuzzy especially when one is away from home. I am sure you are comfortable around firearms so this issue may seem like a no-brainer, but for most people in our district the feedback I am getting is apprehension about people being more aggressive with guns. One of my supporters is a firearms instructor and he's taken me out to a shooting range so I can better understand the issue, but I'd like to have some of my legislative colleagues who are attorneys or specialists on the issue to explain all the legalities to me in more detail.

Perhaps you could share with me your thoughts behind your position to support the bill. I would appreciate hearing your perspective. (Although I gotta turn off the computer right now for the night.)

Rep. Paul Gardner
Minnesota House of Representatives District 53A
(651) 296-2907
rep.paul.gardner@house.mn
Paul Gardner (DFL) 53A - Minnesota House of Representatives
blog: Paul Gardner, State Representative (District 53A)
Home phone constituent line: (651) 797-4317

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average_shooter
February 21, 2008, 12:00 AM
-obviously if a guy breaks in your house and you shoot him when kids are around he should not be able to sue you.

How would it be any different if that "guy" assaulted you while you were out in public with your children? How about taking them to the mall for a day out when that "guy" tries to carjack you or rob you or take your child?

Defending one's family seems to be the same to me no matter where your family is at the time.

Hope to help. Maybe he's right, it seems like a no-brainer to me, but that's just me...

pete f
February 21, 2008, 01:30 AM
Go to TCCarry, join the forum and look up kimberman, who wrote the bill. He can help you with an iron clad response.

Standing Wolf
February 21, 2008, 05:53 AM
I guess I don't have a comfort level yet with how this would work...

He's making guesses about his comfort level?

Somebody call his mom, please, and have her come get him. Maybe we could give him some cookies to keep him quiet before she gets here.

VPLthrneck
February 23, 2008, 12:11 AM
Standing Wolf--ROFLMAO at your suggestion for "helping"

Tabsr--Well, my Mom and 2 sisters (plus husbands) live in MN. I'm calling them tommorrow about this and to ask them to call their Reps and Senators about supporting this bill.

Kudos to you for getting ahold of your rep and informing him of what his constiutants actually feel about this. The ones who feel "apprehension" probably only know about guns form the local drive-by (aka mainstream) media. But, I'll give him some credit for at least going out ot a range with an instructor to find out more about gun safety and I hope he get an earful from the people there.

God Bless,
Ben

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