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According to Zach Kayser's report in House debate starts soft, then intensifies, Minnesota House District 5A endorsed Republican candidate Phillip Nelson whipped out a small knife and said:
When it came time for his turn to speak, Nelson pulled out a small knife and displayed it to the audience.
"This is my right to bear arms," he said. "I'm really okay with anybody having any kind of weapon that they want on their person, at any time, for any reason, in any location."
Bluestem supports the right of carry permit holders to bring their firearms to places where they may legally do so (like the Minnesota state capitol), but we definitely draw the line at "anybody" carrying "any kind of weapon" anywhere, any time.
We would be quite uncomfortable, for instance, with violent felons whose civil rights have not yet been restored carrying Stingers into crowded theaters and yelling "Fire!"
But maybe that's just us.
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