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He said that stringent security measures could chill public participation and that he didn’t consider law-abiding gun owners the problem.
“I think our governor was caught off guard and was speaking without significant thought on that point,” Prettner Solon said.
She acknowledged Dayton’s support for conceal-and-carry laws and his concern about the cost of metal detectors, but said he also cares about public safety and is open to discussion.
Civil libertarians to fight
Civil libertarians such as Oliver Steinberg are prepared to keep defending their rights.
“When you infringe upon civil liberties such as the right to freely assemble or communicate without intimidation and humiliation, or being subjected to these airport-style checkpoints, you’re nearing a chilling effect that reaches below freezing,” said Steinberg, of St. Paul.
Heather Martens, executive director of Protect Minnesota, an organization geared toward ending gun violence and an advocate for the ban, said the intimidation happens when a loaded firearm is worn openly, as it was earlier this year during a hearing.
“There is no history of someone like that being a meaningful deterrent or being able to stop an attack,” she said.
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