Update: Annual Picnic

Our next general meeting will be held at our Annual Picnic on September 27, 2015. We’re still hammering out the details but we have landed our guest speaker. Becky Bieker, of She’s a Pistol, and MO Representative Bill E. Kidd will be our guest speakers.

The Picnic will be held at Crossfire Range on Truman Rd in Independence from 12 noon to 4:00 PM.


KC Star: We didn’t like the results of our poll last week so we’re trying again.

The Kansas City Star is using the old liberal tactic, if you don’t succeed at first, keep trying until you get the response you wanted. They ran a very similar poll on August 24th. The responses were overwhelingly against gun control.

The Monday Poll: Is it time for action on guns?

A horrific murder spree took place last Wednesday near Roanoke, Va., a crime made more indelible by the shooter’s own body camera and his use of social media to gain attention during and after the attack.

The killer was motivated by an earlier mass shooting, and had legally acquired a handgun. Yet, the murders of two TV journalists while they were on the air has prompted yet another vociferous chapter in the long-running American debate over guns.

We’d like readers to weigh in on this topic.

Mobile users, go here. Results usually appear online Tuesday afternoon and on the Opinion pages in print on Wednesday.


The difference this time is that they’re posting the poll on the Editorial section hoping to get more readers. Let’s make them fail again. Follow the link above and take the poll.

Sheriff David Clark on Virginia Shooting

“[Virginia shooter Bryce Williams] couldn’t deal with his inadequacy, so he woke up [Wednesday] morning, he looked in the mirror, didn’t like what he saw, and decided the only way he was going to make a name in TV news was to go out and find two people doing their job, that had nothing to do with his … inferiority complex, and take them out so that he could be the headline news. I think the best thing that we can do after today is never speak of this guy again.”

—Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke


Words Matter

We’ve often heard the term, “words matter.” How often have you considered what the phrase really means? Recently, Minnesota updated their CCW law. There was one word in the update that lead to Minnesota dropping reciprocity to a number of states, Utah, Iowa and Missouri among them. Minnesota dropped Missouri because Missouri lowered the age for CCW from 21 to 19. The reason for Minnesota dropping Iowa and Utah was different—but each case was due to one word that changed in Minnesota’s CCW law. That word was, “similar.”

The Minnesota Reciprocity Problem – Why Language Matters


By now you may have heard Minnesota no longer recognizes Utah’s concealed carry weapon permits, as well as three other states (Missouri, Texas, and Wyoming). What you may not have heard is this change in Minnesota law means Minnesotan’s now have reciprocity with nine new states, most notably North and South Dakota, their neighbors to the west. Prior to this Minnesota refused to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits from any of their bordering states. This is a significant improvement for Minnesota residents, particularly those that live and work along the western border with North and South Dakota.

BUT, the loss of reciprocity with the state of Utah has a direct impact on Iowans because tens of thousands of us have Utah permits to carry, which up until very recently meant we could legally carry in Minnesota. Now these Iowans will have to find other means to carry in order to remain lawful.


It took pro-Second Amendment advocates in Minnesota years of hard work to secure reciprocity with their neighbors to their west. But unfortunately they ended their agreement with Utah and three other states all because of the interpretation of one word: similar.

Lawmakers in Minnesota approved the update to their state’s carry law, but ultimately it’s up to Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine what other state’s carry laws apply. The mandate says in order to recognize an out-of-state carry permit, the state of origin must have a permitting system that is “similar.” So when the Minnesota DPS reviewed the updated carry law they determined that Utah’s permits are not similar because there’s no proficiency test in Utah. Which coincidentally is part of the reason they refuse to recognize Iowa’s Permit to Carry.

Words Matter.

Had the Minnesota law been written another way, or updated so that the DPS had to maintain its current reciprocity agreements this story would be much different. But as it stands the interpretation of the words “substantially similar” falls to the DPS and at the end of the day this gives them a tremendous amount of power.

Specific words truly do matter especially when it comes to changing laws. Every single word in a bill must be perfect. When the wrong word, or a weak or ambiguous word makes its way into a bill that gets signed into law the results can be utterly disastrous.

The column continues on the website. You can read it all here.

For want of a single word, Minnesota dropped reciprocity with four states. When Missouri lowered the CCW age from 21 to 19, Missouri lost reciprocity to several states, Nevada, Oregon and Washington among them.

This example from Minnesota is why we must examine legislative bills, regardless of the topic, carefully. A single word, or for want of one word, or even a comma, the world could change.

Words matter.