Steele County lawmakers hear from gun owners - Owatonna MN: News

  • Welcome!
    |
    ||
    Logout|My Dashboard

Steele County lawmakers hear from gun owners

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 8:00 pm

OWATONNA – Gun enthusiasts are making sure they are heard by area lawmakers.

State Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, said she gets around 20 emails a day from gun owners, who are worried about the ongoing gun control discussion in St. Paul. State Rep. John Petersburg, R-Waseca, said he has received 30 to 40 emails in the past two days, with two-thirds of them being from opponents of increased gun control.

“The vast majority of the emails are from people who want me to support their Second Amendment rights,” said Petersburg, whose district includes Owatonna. “Half of the emails are from (my) constituents in 24A, a large number from people in Owatonna and some in Waseca.”

Jensen said many of the emails she has been receiving deal with House File 241, which makes it a crime to manufacture, transfer, or possess assault weapons. Petersburg said if H.F. 241 came to a vote, he, at this time, would not support it or any other bill currently being discussed by House members on the Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee.

“I have seen no empirical data that shows me that any of the (proposed House) bills would reduce gun violence,” said Petersburg, who owns a rifle. “I don’t see any reason to change the law.”

Jensen said she also owns guns, and often went hunting as a child while growing up in South Dakota and Minnesota.

“Every year, we would go back to grandma and grandpa’s, and we would go pheasant hunting. It was an annual thing that we did." she said. "Me, as a child, I had to be a ‘dog’ for a few years before I could shoot a gun. That means you run after the pheasant, break the neck, the whole thing.”

Jensen said most of her family still owns guns.

“It’s part of our heritage, but I would never want an assault rifle, but I know there are a lot of people that like to use them, shoot them at ranges. I'm just not familiar with that,” she said.

District 27A Rep. Shannon Savick, DFL-Wells, whose district includes Blooming Prairie, spent the week, as part of the House Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee, listening to gun control advocates and proponents.

“I’m continuing to gather input from you, my constituents and from law enforcement officers, teachers, parents, and gun owners from across the state who has been contacting me frequently," Savick said in a statement Thursday. "And I think we are going to be able to come together as legislators and find common sense solutions that work for Minnesotans.”

With “gun week” over in the Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee, Savick now hopes to have two bills she authored heard. The first bill offers a tax credit for volunteer first responders.

“In communities all across the state, it’s becoming more and more difficult to get enough volunteers,” Savick said. “As the current generation of firefighters and EMTs gets older, it’s a continuous battle for cities and counties to find volunteers willing to take on the noble task of keeping our aging communities safe. These are critical positions throughout Minnesota that need to be filled. This bill would offer a tax credit for first responders in the range of $500 that local departments could use as an incentive to bring in qualified volunteers.”

The second bill she hopes will be discussed in the public safety committee is an attempt to help local fire departments by adding a $5 fire safety fee to homeowner’s insurance costs.

“Safety equipment keeps our firefighters safe when they rescue us, our homes and our businesses from fires and other emergencies,” Savick said. “They are putting themselves in danger for the greater good of the community. But safe equipment is expensive. It takes approximately $2,000 to both outfit and train a new recruit. I’ve been told by numerous fire departments in our district that grain elevators, ethanol production plants and house fires are just as devastating and dangerous as any fire in Minnesota. And we need those fighting those fires to be protected with safe equipment.”

The state Senate will have its “gun week,” beginning Feb. 18. Jensen expects the Senate to talk more about public safety, background checks and mental issues more than banning of weapons.

© 2014 Southernminn.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.

Reader ToolBox

Forms, Contests and Special Content

Owatonna Peoples Press Forms

Contact Us

PUBLISHER

Ron Ensley, Editor and Publisher, 507-444-2367, rensley@owatonna.com

ADVERTISING

Debbie Ensley, Advertising Director, 507-444-2386, densley@owatonna.com

Betty Frost, Advertising Assistant, 507-444-2389, bfrost@owatonna.com

Beth Barrett, Advertising Consultant, 507-444-2383, bbarret@owatonna.com

Diane Gengler, Advertising Consultant, 507-444-2385, dgengler@owatonna.com

Aaron Louks,  Advertising Consultant, 507-444-2388, rebbers@owatonna.com

David Weeks, Advertising Consultant, 507-444-2384, dweeks@owatonna.com

Bonnie Nguyen, Classified Ad-Visor, 507-444-2397, bnguyen@owatonna.com

Danielle Schmitz, Classified Ad-Visor, 507-444-2396, dschmitz@owatonna.com

CIRCULATION

Carol Harvey, Circulation Manager, 507-444-1561, charvey@owatonna.com

Crystal Grovdahl, District Manager, 507-444-2362, cgrovdahl@owatonna.com

Melissa Johnston, District Manager, 507-444-2361, mjohnston@owatonna.com

NEWSROOM

Jeffrey Jackson, Managing Editor, 507-444-2371, jjackson@owatonna.com

Tony Borreson, Chief Copy Desk Editor, 507-444-2373, tborreson@owatonna.com

Kelli Lageson, Copy Desk/Paginator, 507-444-2377, klageson@owatonna.com

Ashley Stewart, Reporter, 507-444-2378, astewart@owatonna.com

Al Strain, Reporter, 507-444-2376, astrain@owatonna.com

Matt Hudson, Reporter, 507-44-2372, mhudson@owatonna.com

Stacie Rions, Editorial Assistant, 507-444-2379, srions@owatonna.com

Obituary Notices, 507-444-2370, news@owatonna.com or owatonnaobituaries@gmail.com

Kaleb Roedel, Sports Editor, 507-444-2374, kroedel@owatonna.com

Jon Weisbrod, Sports Reporter, 507-444-2374, jweisbrod@owatonna.com

CREATIVE SERVICES

Kelly Kubista, Creative Services Supervisor, 507-444-2391, kkubista@owatonna.com

Jenine Kubista, print/web ad design, 507-444-2390, jkubista@owatonna.com

Paul Ristau, print/web ad design, 507-444-1563, pristau@owatonna.com

Naomi Kissling, print/web ad designer, 507-837-5452, nkissling@owatonna.com

Nicole Gilmore, print/web ad designer, 507-444-1565, ngilmore@owatonna.com

Keeley Krebsbach, print/web ad designer, 507-444-1564  kkrebsbach@owatonna.com

BUSINESS OFFICE

Dianna Schmidt, Bookkepper, 507-444-2365, dschmidt@owatonna.com

Paula Engebretson, Bookkeeper, 507-444-2364, pengebretson@owatonna.com

The Owatonna People's Press is published daily Tuesday-Saturday.

Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone: (507) 451-2840

Fax: (507) 444-2382

Mail: 135 W. Pearl St.

Owatonna, MN 55060

NEWSPAPER DELIVERY

To start a subscription to the Owatonna People’s Press call 507-444-2360, 24 hours a day. Or email your name, address, and phone number to circulation@owatonna.com.

Ask for EZ Pay-a time saving way to pay for your subscription. Through monthly automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account or have your monthly charge applied to your credit card you will save time and ensure no interruption of your newspaper delivery.

Current rates are 12 weeks $42.60; 24 weeks $85.20; 52 weeks $184.60. EZ Pay $15.38 per month.

If you do not receive your paper by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday, call our Customer service department at 507-444-2361 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

NEWS

If you have a news tip, call the Editorial department at 444-2370. Call 24 hours a

day. Our fax number for press releases is 451-6020.

Sports-available 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 444-2374.

You may also email photos and story ideas to news@owatonna.com.

ADVERTISING

AT YOUR SERVICE

Classified..............................444-2399

Call 24 hours a day

E-mail - classified@owatonna.com

Retail...... 444-2389 Fax....... 444-2382

Email - bfrost@owatonna.com

CUSTOMER SERVICE

The Customer Service Center is located inside the main entrance at 135 W. Pearl

Street. We are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

INTERNET ADDRESS

http://www.owatonna.com

- USPS ISSN 416-200 -

Periodicals postage paid at Owatonna, Minnesota 55060.

Postmaster: Send address changes to Owatonna People's Press, 135 W.

Pearl St., Owatonna, MN 55060

©2013 Owatonna People's Press:

The Owatonna People's Press retains the publication rights to all content

produced or supplied by the Owatonna People's Press.

Use of said materials without the written consent of the Owatonna

People's Press is prohibited. Contents copyrighted: all rights reserved.

The Owatonna People's Press is a division of Huckle Media, LLC.

Online poll

Loading…

Pro Picks

Follow us on Facebook