Governor Dayton recently stated that he believed that people on the FBI's Terrorist Watch List should not own firearms and should be stopped from doing so in Minnesota.
In addition, on January 26th, Rep. Phyllis Kahn stated that she would introduce legislation to ban people on the secret FBI Terrorist Watch List from purchasing firearms.
On the surface, this seems an admirable goal.. until you realize that there's over a million people on the watch list, and that the list is full of errors, omissions, and mistakes. Even the American Civil Liberties Union believes that the list is out of control.
The list is secret. How one ends up on the list is secret, how one gets removed from the list is secret, the contents of the list are secret. And, in the end, a government official has complete discretion whether or not to add you to the list.
The complete lack of due process illustrates why this list cannot be used as a screening factor to prohibit law-abiding Minnesotans from exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Actions that you can take right now to help us call upon Governor Dayton & Rep. Kahn to follow due process and stop calling for the use of secret government lists to stop gun owners from exercising their constitutional rights:
Add your name to this petition by signing below. We'll deliver it to the Governor's office and Rep. Kahn's office to help add to the public pressure on both of them.
Call the Governor's Office at 651-201-3400. Tell Governor Dayton that you are opposed to secret government lists being used to keep you from exercising your constitutional rights.
Send an e-mail to Governor Dayton through his on-line contact form.
Call Representative Kahn at 651-296-4257. Tell Rep. Kahn that you are opposed to secret government lists being used to keep you from exercising your constitutional rights.
Send an email to Rep. Kahn through this link. In your email, be polite but reiterate your position firmly.
- Join the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, and help us in the 24x7 fight to protect your constitutional rights as a gun owner in Minnesota.
Governor Dayton & Rep Kahn:
In a statement on December 18th, 2015, Governor Dayton stated that he supported using the FBI's Terrorist Watch List to prohibit persons from purchasing a firearm in Minnesota.
During an appearance on KTLK's "Up and at 'Em" show on January 26th, 2016, Rep. Kahn stated that she would introduce legislation to prohibit persons on the FBI Terrorist Watch List from purchasing a firearm in Minnesota.
The FBI's Terrorist Watch List is a secret list, maintained in a secret manner, with secret criteria, where a person has no idea whether or not their name has been added to the list. Once a person's name is on the list, there's no way for them to know, and no way for them to petition to have their name removed from the list.
Secret government lists that are rife with errors and mistakes should not be used to keep law-abiding Minnesotans from exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Our country was founded on the principles of due process under the law. Secret government lists are not compatible with the principles this nation was founded upon.
We demand that you end your support for the use of secret government lists, and instead stand with our founding fathers on the principles of due process under the law.