Asked to comment on her critics' questions about not discussing the gun contgrol issue obn her latest video updated, Rep. Alice Hausan told Patch:
- "We spend no time talking about what we are spending zero time on. When we do updates, we actually talk about what is happening relating to the priorities before us. Today (Thursday) that is the forecast and its implications for our budget this year.
- Though I introduced a bill (on gun control) , that bill is not moving, it will never be voted on, and I am spending zero time on that issue. Opponents are trying to pick a fight and I will not be engaging. I have too much real work to do."
(Orginal post: Thursday a.m., Feb. 28):
The latest video update from state 66A Rep. Alice Hausman on what is happening at the state Capitol has stirred criticism from some Patch readers for what the DFLer didn't talk about in her report: Her sponsorship of legislation that would establish new gun control restrictions.
Hausman, whose district includes part of Roseville, talks in her video about what is happening with the state budget and that the Legisature is waiting for a new state revenue forecast.
But she didn't mention sponsoring House File 0242 which creates the new crime of manufacturing, transferring, or possessing large capacity-magazines for firearms. The measure defines “large capacity magazine” as one that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition and would generally bar individuals from possessing "large capacity magazine" guns.
Hausman is also a chief sponsor of another gun control bill, House File 0241, which would ban "the manufacture, transfer and possession of assault weapons. The bill provides procedures for registering or disposing of assault weapons that citizens lawfully possess prior to the effective date of ban."
Here is a sampling of comments that Patch readers made about Hausman's video update:
Marc Olivier : "Why was there no mention of the House gun control bills? That the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee held hearings on bills which call for criminalizing gun owners for the styling, as well as functionality, of the firearms they own, not crimes committed? Why no mention that while this and other bills containing language of registration and bans impacting *only* law-abiding citizens have been carried over for possible inclusion in an Omnibus bill, that the Senate refused to hear any bills concerning any bans, at least in the Judiciary Committee? Why no mention of the proposed House bills abandoning commitment to due process provisions in both the U.S. Constitutiin both the U.S. Constitution and the State of Minnesota Constitution?"
Matt Lundgren: "It's hard to write bills, present bills, and be a representative. Maybe you should retire if you would rather have a paid lobbyist represent the people of our districts. Your and Heather Martins (of Protect Minnesota) attack on all MN's civil liberties is disgusting. "
Brandon Ramthun: "Your anti guns bills that you didn't write and that you didn't understand were a disgrace. You are so far out of touch with your constituents you aren't only out in left field, you aren't even in the stadium."
Bryan Strawser: "Why was there no mention of the gun control bills authored and introduced by Representative Hausman? These were the bills that were really written by a professional lobbyist from Protect Minnesota whose budget comes from an out of state foundation."
To read Hausman's post and see all the comments it has generated, click on to this link.
Roseville Patch has asked Hausman for comment. But, as of this post, she has not responded.
Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.