Please support SF2726/HF2891, the Firearm Data Collection for Research bill (Rep Erin Murphy/Sen Matt Klein) and attend Moms Demand Action Lobby Day and Rally this coming Wednesday, April 18. Click HERE for more information and a link to RSVP
Here is the plan for Wednesday, April 18
11:00am Moms Demand Action Rally in the Rotunda
There is no longer any reason to attend the House Public Safety Committee meeting at 10:15am, so please go instead to the Rotunda for the Moms Demand Action Rally at 11:00am. WEAR ORANGE so legislators can see that Protect Minnesota and Moms are working together: this is really important. We’ll be there with Protect Minnesota signs.
1:00pm House Education Committee Hearing, Room 449, State Office Building (Map)
After the Rally, we need a BIG CROWD to attend the House Education Committee hearing at 1:00pm. Rep. Jim Davnie will introduce the criminal background check bill as an amendment to the School Safety bill and we should fill the room with supporters. Again, WEAR ORANGE.
Whether or not you can attend events at the Capitol on Wednesday, please call or email Senator Ron Latz and Rep. Jim Davnie to thank them for offering these amendments despite the odds against passage. It is vital that we get committee members’ votes on the record on gun violence prevention bills.
Senator Ron Latz
Rep. Jim Davnie
Received this today from Protect MN.
“We’re calling on all Protect Minnesota members to help make this a BIG week for gun violence prevention at the Capitol by participating in the Moms Demand Action Lobby Day and Rally this coming Wednesday, April 18. Gather at 9:30am at Christ on Capitol Hill Church to participate in lobbying. You can also just show up in the Rotunda at 11am for the Rally. Wear ORANGE so that law makers can see that Protect Minnesota is there to support the MOMS, just as they were there to support us on February 22. Our strength is in our unity. Click HERE for more information and a link to RSVP.
Also, this week we’re turning our attention to SF2726/HF2891, the Firearm Data Collection for Research bill (Murphy/Klein). Gun violence kills more Minnesotans that either opioid abuse or motor vehicle accidents, yet current state law prohibits the Minnesota Department of health from collecting vital data about it. The most recent firearm-related injury study on the Minnesota Department of Health’s violence and injury prevention website is dated 2002. Gun deaths in Minnesota have increased over 30% since then.
Data is the foundation of research, and law makers rely on research to create sound policies that protect Minnesotans. The National Academy of Sciences has noted that inadequate data and inadequate access to existing data are among the most critical barriers to understanding gun violence. Because of the current prohibition on data collection, we lack:
• basic data on gun ownership, storage, use and markets;
• access to gun-tracing data that can help illuminate the pathway from manufacture to criminal use;
• reliable, valid data that would clarify the protective, defensive and deterrent effects of firearms.
The Murphy/Klein bill amends Minnesota’s current firearms statute by adding the phrase “except for the purpose of public health research or epidemiologic investigation” to the passage prohibiting data collection by the Minnesota Department of Health. It also requires that the data be “de-identified” to prevent a person’s identity from being connected with information and ensuring that all personally identifiable information has been removed.
Please call or email the members of the House and Senate Health and Human Services committees and urge them to allow votes on SF2726/HF2891, the Firearm Data Collection for Research bill. Click on the live links below to access lists of committee members. If your legislators are members of these committees, make sure to tell them you are a constituent and give your full address.
Let’s make those calls. Let’s send those emails. Let’s support our partners in Moms Demand Action by showing up at the Capitol in droves on Wednesday. Let’s PROTECT MINNESOTA!”