GOP Rep. Tony Cornish Wore His Finest Camouflage Blazer to Today's Gun Hearings

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Lookin' good big hoss!

Right now the state House is conducting a hearing on a bill (HF 1434) that would lift Minnesota's ban on gun silencers.

Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) chairs the Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee hosting the hearing, and he came dressed for the occasion with a camouflage blazer and handcuff/assault rifle lapel pin combo.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Thinks Handgun Background Checks are Overrated

Wisconsin is going to be looking sweet come springtime.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker certainly has his own ideas about liberty looks like.

His latest version of freedom has to do with his state's pesky 40-year-old law that requires a two-day waiting period for handgun purchases. Walker wants to kill it.

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Rep. Tony Cornish Says Mall of America Would Be Safer If Shoppers Were Packing Heat

Categories: Guns

Lucio Eastman via Wikipedia Commons
The state rep said the mall's no-guns policy "creates a kill zone of unarmed sheep for terrorists."

In response to the Mall of America being named in a video by terrorist group al-Shabaab over the weekend, the mall's PR team invited in a horde of local and national media to showcase its extensive security system yesterday.

Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) has different ideas on how to keep the mall safe. He pulled his cowboy hat on and sat down with WCCO to rail against the mall's no-guns policy.

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Bullet Lodged in Shopping Cart Wheel Goes Off in Winona Walmart

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Jingly Jon via Flickr
So this is possible, apparently?
A shopper in the grocery section of the Winona Walmart was struggling with the back wheel of their shopping cart on a Saturday morning a few weeks back.

Like any lazy shopper, this person continued to press and push on the cart to try to force free whatever was locking up the wheel. Suddenly, there was a loud pop! and several employees and shoppers rushed over to see what the heck just happened.

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Gun Owners Planning Big Rally at the Capitol Today

Categories: Guns

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Sane, reasonable Second Amendment supporters rally in St. Cloud in 2013
Today at noon gun lovers from across the state are gathering on the steps of the Capitol to rally for increased Second Amendment rights.

It's part of Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day (#MNGOLD). So if you're around the Capitol this afternoon and see a bunch of people wearing maroon t-shirts, that's what's going on.

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North Dakota Considers Giving Guns to Teachers

Categories: Education, Guns

Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives

North Dakota's Rep. Dwight Kiefert (R-Valley City) has a simple solution to the chilling, often unpredictable threat of school shootings: give guns to teachers and let them prowl the halls like vigilantes in sweater vests.

The teachers themselves aren't so convinced that HB 1195, which proposes letting schools train anyone with a concealed carry permit to use deadly force in the classroom, wouldn't rub students the completely wrong way.

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Matrix Lee Faces Felonies for Shooting at Como Lake Purse Thief

Categories: Crime, Guns
Matrix Lee
Matrix Lee has been charged with two felonies -- Dangerous Discharge of Firearm and Reckless Discharge of Firearm -- for firing his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at a woman who stole his fiancee's purse at St. Paul's Como Lake.

According to the charges, Lee, 50, and his fiance were sitting on a bench near Black Bear Crossings on the lake watching ducks on Monday when he noticed a woman exit his Toyota 4Runner carrying his fiancee's purse. The door of the vehicle was unlocked.

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Rick Nolan Criticized for Carelessly Toting AR-15 [PHOTO]

Aaron Klemz on Twitter
Nolan's got his finger on the trigger -- literally.
During his reelection campaign, Congressman Rick Nolan has sought to establish he's cool with guns.

But after the photo at the top of his post hit Twitter yesterday, Nolan was criticized by a gun rights group for trying to be a little too cool.

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Parents of Aurora Shooting Victim Sue the Sportsman's Guide for Selling Ammo

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The deadly 2012 massacre at an Aurora movie theater left 12 dead and 58 more wounded, the gruesome work of a mentally ill man.

But to get justice, one victim's parents aren't going after the shooter. They're suing the South St. Paul outdoors shop the Sportsman's Guide, one of a number of ammunition and weapons dealers whose relaxed rules and lack of safeguards, they say, led to their daughter's death.

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Tracy, MN, a town of 2,100, possesses an armored vehicle for its two full-time cops [UPDATE]

Categories: Guns, Police
Does a Minnesota town with only two full-time cops really need this vehicle?
UPDATE: Another small Minnesota town's police department has come under fire for possessing what some may call excessive military equipment. Royalton possesses a grenade launcher thanks to a free program offered through the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the chief of police, the grenade launcher has languished in a safe for five years.

The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles.

For this, we can credit a U.S. Department of Defense program that was created in the early 1990s and gives free military equipment to sheriff's offices, local police departments, and state agencies. It became all the rage of the post-9/11 era and today touches every corner of the United States. Minnesota is no exception.

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