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Klobuchar, Franken were against handgun permits

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On July 22, the Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, submitted by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. This amendment was to ensure that all states with right-to-carry permit processes would recognize the permits of non-residents. Currently, the state recognition of handgun permits is done individually is complex, inconsistent, and subject to change, making it difficult for permitted citizens to monitor. The vote was 58 for, and 39 against, but the measure did not become part of the legislation as the Senate process calls for 60 votes to approve an amendment.

While it was within their power to ensure passage, Senators Klobuchar and Franken both voted against this amendment. In spite of Minnesota having one of the most comprehensive and citizen-friendly permit to carry laws in the nation, our two senators voted against extending law-abiding Minnesota citizens' right to self-defense. Neither of these politicians deserves to hold office.

Tom Lund

Longville

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