A new Minnesota law is making it easier for citizens to carry a weapon in public and prompting some opponents to take their first plunge into political activism, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
About 150 people gathered yesterday to hear speeches and songs and to sign petitions against the law, which has led to hundreds of new permit-holders since Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the bill in April. It was no accident that the rally was held in Pawlenty’s home suburb of Eagan. “It’s in the governor’s back yard . . . so that the governor will listen to people in Minnesota,” said Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood. “He signed it the day it was passed. He didn’t seem to take time to read it.”
Slawik said more than 7,000 people from throughout Minnesota had signed the repeal petition. The goal was 10,000 signatures “by State Fair time,” she said, adding that she knew it would be an uphill fight.
Tim Grant of Richfield, a dissenter, showed his new plastic gun-permit card and said the fear of violence expressed by many people in the room is unfounded.