Minnesota Coalition for Common Sense

In February 2016, the anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions announced the formation of a new statewide anti-gun effort in Minnesota. The new group is called the "Minnesota Coalition for Common Sense" and includes many business executives, law enforcement leaders, non-profit leaders, and anti-gun activists in the state.

Coalition Goals (in their words)

  • Closing the loopholes in Minnesota law that let felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill buy guns in Minnesota without a criminal background check;

  • Ensuring lawmakers and stakeholders have the resources and training they need to prevent gun violence and strengthen existing laws; and,

  • Strengthening our federal criminal background checks system by making sure it contains states’ records.

Known Coalition Members

According to a press release issued by Americans for Responsible Solutions, the following individuals are members of the coalition:

  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Co-Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions

  • Captain Mark Kelly, Co-Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions

  • The Honorable James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney

  • Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO, Pillsbury United Communities

  • Keith Dixon, Superintendent (Ret.), Duluth Public Schools

  • Sarah Dixon, CEO and President, Minnesota Alliance with Youth

  • Jon Halverson, Vice President – International Development, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

  • Chief Ivan Fossen (Ret.), Former Chief of Police, Glenwood Police Department

  • Chief Janeé Harteau, Chief of Police, Minneapolis Police Department

  • Babette Jamison, Executive Director, Women’s Advocates, Inc.

  • Dave Korus, Minnesota State Administrator, Team Rubicon; Former Police Commander, St. Paul Police Department

  • Sheriff Ross Litman, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office

  • Joan Peterson, Co-President, Northland Chapter Brady Campaign; Board Member, Brady Campaign

  • Jennifer Polzin, CEO, Tubman Center

  • Dr. Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College

  • Chief Paul Schnell, Chief of Police, Maplewood Police Department

  • Mary Streufert, Co-President, Northland Chapter Brady Campaign; Co-President, League of Women Voters Duluth

Actions by the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus

  • We filed multiple requests using the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act in order to obtain information and public records related to the elected officials and law enforcement leaders that have joined the coalition. See below for our requests and documents received to date.
  • We sent letters to Land O'Lakes, Inc. and Team Rubicon inquiring about the position of their organization's CEOs on the announcement that a Senior Executive of their organization was participating in such an effort. See below for our requests and documents received to date.
  • In addition, MN Gun Owners Caucus Executive Director Bryan Strawser appeared on KSTP-TV to express our opposition to the sort of anti-gun measures that this group has proposed.

Minnesota Government Data Practices Act Requests

Correspondence with Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Correspondence with Team Rubicon

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