Protest against gun legislation planned for State Capitol
January 19, 2013 — 12:11am
Defenders of the personal right to own weapons are planning a rally for the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday.
The local rally, part of a national protest by gun-rights supporters, is aimed at opposing new gun legislation in Minnesota, said the organizer, Michael Rieschl of Ramsey, in a statement.
The rally is planned for noon on the State Capitol steps.
In the wake of the school shootings last month in Connecticut, President Obama and Minnesota gun-control advocates have propose a raft of federal and state restrictions, including closing the loophole that allows some private gun sales to occur without background checks.
Rieschl's statement said the group plans to oppose "any and all new gun legislation."
He said in an interview that the peaceful rally is part of a national event called "Guns Across America" that was started by a Texas gun activist. He said several hundred people are expected to attend, and speakers will include gun-owners with personal stories of protecting their own safety.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is bringing her fight to boost gun control to Minnesota, aiming to expand the state's background checks for gun sales and other measures that have been previously blocked, a spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday,