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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

MORE ON THE MINNESOTA DAILY AND THE CONCEAL CARRY BILL On Monday, I poked fun at the Minnesota Daily for suggesting that the Metrodome would become an free handgun zone. To be fair, it should be noted that there is some question about whether the Gophers could prohibit guns by people unaffiliated with the University, according to this article in the Star Tribune.

A few things should be noted, however. First, despite the absolutism of the headline, it is not at all clear that the legislation would certainly be interpreted to prohibit the University from banning guns at football games. The article only quotes one state legislator to make this argument, hardly a conclusive basis for statutory interpretation.

Second, according to this article, Commission Chairman Roy Terwilliger said he has discussed the gun law with a member of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's staff and has been assured that the governor is open to altering the law if it threatens Dome security. If this is indeed a result of the law, my initial reaction is that it would be very sensible to amend it to allow the University to prohibit handguns at football games, and other similar University functions. There might be reasons not to do that, but I don't know about them.

Third, this article is even more explicit in dismissing the broad claim that the Minnesota Daily editorial staff made in their Monday editorial.
University sports events appear to be standing alone when it comes to difficulty in barring guns.
Quick analysis of the law by officials of local pro teams, commission staff members and a lawyer for the Minnesota State High School League suggests that the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves and Wild, as well as prep sports teams, can bar gun-carrying spectators.


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