Minnesota House approves gun silencers

MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach

Because no one needs to hear when you defend your castle. The AP’s Kyle Potter reports, “The Minnesota House voted to legalize silencers, among a handful of bills approved Thursday to expand the state’s firearm laws even as the Senate has shown little appetite to wade back into gun issues. Lawmakers quickly approved a measure removing a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds — a system proponents say is outdated and unnecessary — and another clarifying Minnesota residents’ ability to buy guns in other states. A third proposal limiting law enforcement officials’ ability to seize citizens’ firearms during a disaster or emergency also passed.” It’s what they were sent to Capitol Hill to do.

Moving on over. In the PiPress, Nick Woltman reports, “One of downtown St. Paul’s largest employers is moving its headquarters — but not very far. Ecolab, the St. Paul-based water, hygiene and energy technology company, said Thursday it has agreed to buy the pyramid-topped Travelers tower just a couple of blocks west of its current headquarters on Wabasha Street. Terms of the sale, which is expected to close during the third quarter of 2015, were not disclosed. The company plans to relocate all 1,500 of its downtown employees into the 17-story building by the end of 2018. … Ecolab’s downtown workforce will trade 462,000 square feet of office space, spread out over three buildings along Wabasha, between Fourth and Sixth streets, for 484,500 square feet of ‘newer and more modern’ accommodations in the Travelers tower.”

No really, welcome back. Ben Goessling’s ESPN story on Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement says, “The NFL announced on Thursday afternoon that the Minnesota Vikings running back will be reinstated on Friday and allowed to participate in all of the Vikings’ offseason activities. … The Vikings will start offseason workouts on Monday and hold their first mandatory minicamp in June. It remains to be seen whether Peterson will show up for any of the team’s offseason programs.” Can he bring the camel?

The New York Times gets in on the great Lindström umlaut controversy. Writes Julie Bosman, “In an announcement that was indignant, a little quirky and very Minnesotan, the governor intervened on Wednesday, releasing a statement that promised that the umlauts on the signs would be restored, and fast. ‘Nonsensical rules like this are exactly why people get frustrated with government,’ Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said in the statement. … Lena Norrman, a lecturer for Swedish and Scandinavian studies at the University of Minnesota, said that linguistically, the loss is significant. ‘These are not just two little dots,’ said the Swedish native. ‘It’s a significant letter with its own sound. You can’t just take them away.’” Yeah! It’d be like taking the [bleeps] out of [bleepin’].

So much for the 24-hour variety. In the Strib Mike Hughlett reports, “The unprecedented U.S. bird flu outbreak that is centered in Minnesota is likely to stick around for a few years and possibly damage poultry farms across the nation, a top U.S. veterinary official said Thursday.”

The auditor has been called in. Laura Yuen of MPR writes, “Minnesota’s legislative auditor says he’ll look into allegations of double-dipping by the Minneapolis Urban League. Auditor Jim Nobles says his staff will start with a preliminary review to determine whether to go forward with a full-blown investigation or audit.”

John Lundy of the Duluth Tribune says, “The number of chlamydia cases reached an all-time high in Minnesota last year, the state’s health department reported on Thursday. Chlamydia, which can infect both men and women and can seriously damage a woman’s reproductive system, occurred in every county in the state, the Minnesota Department of Health said in its annual report on sexually transmitted diseases. Instances of chlamydia increased 64 percent from 2004 through 2014, it said.

This could have gone down a year ago. Says Tom Cherveny of the Forum News Service, “Angela Brown of Madison has signed off on an agreement that will lead to the dismissal of a child endangerment charge against her for giving her 15-year-old son cannabis oil to treat his seizures and pain from a traumatic brain injury.Brown said her attorney Michael Hughes of Bend, Oregon, informed her a week ago that he and Lac qui Parle County Attorney Rick Stulz worked out an agreement that will allow for a ‘continuance for dismissal’  of the child endangerment charge. If she pays a $100 court fee and has no violations for 90 days, the gross misdemeanor charge will be dropped.”

These rules couldn’t have been meant for Mr. McGuire. City Pages Ben Johnson continues to follow the UnitedHealth tycoon’s MLS soccer stadium play. “Earlier this week Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire said he will build a new $150 million soccer stadium in Minneapolis as long as he never has to pay property taxes or sales tax on the construction materials. As far as stadium welfare requests go, his is relatively modest. But it may also be unconstitutional. After McGuire announced his proposal, Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson started digging into its legality. He says a clause in the state’s constitution does not allow McGuire or any other private landowner to not pay property taxes.” Taxes are so … middle class.                                                                                                                                                 

Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 04/17/2015 - 08:15 am.

    Taxes are just a part of the cost of doing business, for everyone. They are how the system is funded. Then when we have to fix whatever that tax was designed to support there would be far less whining because funds would be available. Just because you are rich and have found a gold mine, for yourself, is not a reason to put cost off on the rest of us. We have very quickly worked ourselves in to a very stadium rich, poor performing team area. We can change infrastructure for you to get patron to and from your business but there is no reason to waive sales tax on materials, which will not help out the state tax payers, it only helps the tax payee. Companies are part of the public society. The public is not part of the corporate society. Contrary to GOP belief companies are not people too. Corporations need to work within the same structure the rest of society has to.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/17/2015 - 09:21 am.

    They’re not silencers

    they’re sound suppressors. They make it so the gun goes “Boom,” instead of “BOOM!!”

    Anybody who opposes this bill should go visit their local gun range (I go to Bill’s Gun Shop in Hudson) for five minutes and you’d understand what this is all about. Sheesh, people.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 04/17/2015 - 10:18 am.

      Earplugs would work, too. And be a lot less expensive.

      But then, this campaign isn’t about selling inexpensive earplugs. It’s about supporting yet another business interest – those companies that are having trouble selling their very expensive silencers due to the legislative hurdles that exist.

      Gotta sell those guns! Gotta sell those silencers! Gotta keep those corporate contributions pouring into the coffers of the NRA!

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/17/2015 - 10:32 am.

      Frankly, I don’t care

      As has been pointed out, if your bang-bang sticks make too much noise for your delicate ears you can wear plugs. I don’t see why the state has to legalize something that will make it more difficult for law enforcement to hear shots, or to tell where gunshots came from.

  3. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 04/17/2015 - 12:06 pm.

    There’s a reason why the thugs

    in gangster movies use a silencer.

    And it isn’t because they are afraid of going deaf, Dennis.

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 04/17/2015 - 06:34 pm.

    Clearly Our Republican Friends

    Are DESPERATELY seeking to do SOMETHING that will give people a reason to vote for them.

    Of course they aren’t actually going to deliver on any of their campaign promises,…

    nor do anything to actually address the problems of rural Minnesota,…

    because fixing those problems costs money and they simply can’t bear not to continue to be the kind of cheap ___________ (fill in your own plural noun) they have come to be under the tutelage of Grover Norquist.

    So they’re throwing bills, like spaghetti, at a wall,…

    to try to find something that will not be so half-cooked that it promptly slithers down the wall to the floor.

    But with every move they make, like cutting HHS funding (on which a lot of people, especially older people in rural Minnesota depend),…

    wiping out Minnesota Care (which a lot of rural people, especially struggling farmers are on),

    making it easier to buy silencers (increasing violence in the city by making it harder for surveillance equipment to hear when guns are fired, and thereby making it scarier for rural people to visit),…

    refusing to fund road repair and improvements in a way that will be stable over the long hall
    while not creating huge deficits the next time the economy goes south (remember the days of Tim Pawlenty, anyone),…

    which means that rural roads and bridges will continue to crumble for lack of gas tax increase that doesn’t even come close to equaling the amount the oil companies have raised and lowered the price of gasoline in the past few months),…

    (those private “taxes” will kill you every time),…

    and every other hair-brained thing they’ve come up with,…

    although they’ll keep the votes of the rabid and incapable-of-rational-thought-or-evidence-based-decision-making base,…

    these Republicans show themselves to now be so far out in right field as to have moved out of the stadium, across the parking lot, and about 10 miles up the road from where the rest of Minnesota’s citizens are,…

    into Wisconsin, maybe?

    Keep it up, Republicans! The rest of us are looking forward to voting the DFL back into control of the House again (while keeping the Senate), and electing a new DFL Governor so we can continue to move back toward being “The State that Works.”

    And you can take this to the bank (though it won’t help pay off your massive State Party debts): by the end of the next election season our rural friends will be painfully aware that you didn’t do ANY of the things you promised,…

    and far MORE aware of what the DFL tried to do for them during this session that you blocked,…

    together with all the things the DFL has been doing for them all along,…

    much of which YOU tried to prevent.

    The political hole you can’t seem to resist digging deeper and deeper and deeper is about to collapse inward and bury you.

    You could stop digging, but you won’t

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