FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Senator Julianne Ortman
Serving Carver County
Office: 119 State Office Bldg., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
State Senator Julianne Ortman Introduces Bill to Protect Gun-
and Target Gun Crime
(St. Paul, MN) - On Wednesday, March 13, State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) and abipartisan group of over 20 co-authors introduced the Gun Crime Enforcement Proposal (SF 1359).This bill has been introduced in conjunction with companion House bills.In introducing the bill, Senator Ortman stated,
This bill contains a variety of initiatives intended tokeep firearms out of the hands of individuals who are already legally prohibited from possessingfirearms--by targeting instances of gun crime and assisting law enforcement and prosecutors in
enforcing current restrictions.”
“It‟s a crime for a convicted felon to possess a gun; it‟s also a crime for someone to lie on a gun
permit application, or to buy a gun illegally.
That‟s current federal law and state law,” said Ortman.
We need to make sure our county attorneys and local law enforcement in Minnesota have all thetools they need under state law to ensure that individuals who are already prohibited by federal lawfrom owning or buying a gun know that we will hold them accountable for their criminal behavior.The Gun Crime Enforcement Proposal includes several important elements, and by supporting it, weprotect both the rights and the lives of law-abid
Below is a brief overview of the Gun Crime Enforcement Proposal 2013 (SF 1359):
Cracks Down on Straw Purchases
Prohibits individuals from knowingly encouraging private sellers or licensed dealers totransfer firearms or ammunition under circumstances that the person knows would violatestate or federal laws.Prohibits individuals from knowingly providing materially false information with the intentto deceive a licensed dealer or seller about the legality of a transfer of a firearm orammunition.Penalizes an individual that procures another to commit the illegal transfer as a principal.
Improves State and Federal Background Check System
Accelerates the time periods for sharing criminal data and information on individualsineligible to possess firearms based on criminal convictions and disqualifications, and mentalhealth adjudications and commitments
essentially ensuring that background check databases have the most current and accurate information available.Requires reporting of the duration of firearm prohibitions in order to remove individuals whoare no longer prohibited.