Driving DPMS Out of Business: Minnesota House Bill 241

By CTD Suzanne published on in AR-15, Firearms, Gun Rights, Industry News

Minnesota became the hot seat of the gun control debate this week when President Obama made his first campaign stop in Minneapolis on Monday, February 4 to rally up support for his recent gun control legislation proposals. The White House reports the president chose the largely Democratic state as his first stop to push his anti-gun agenda because of Minneapolis’ success with programs  curbing gun violence.

The House hears public comments on H.F. 241.

The House hears public comments on H.F. 241.

During the same week as the President’s visit, the Public Safety, Finance & Policy of Minnesota House of Representatives are holding a week-long set of hearings on House Bill 241 introduced on January 31, 2013. Essentially an assault weapons ban, the bill makes it a crime to make, transfer, or posses an assault weapon. H.F. 241 defines an assault weapon as a semi-automatic rifle that will accept any detachable magazine and one of the following traits:

  • Pistol grip
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Any feature that acts as a protruding grip held with the non-trigger finger
  • Folding or telescoping stock
  • Guns with fixed magazines that hold more than seven rounds
  • Conversion kit, part or a combination of parts to assemble an assault rifle

The bill also defines prohibited persons owning firearms, including ex-members of any armed forces with a dishonorable discharge. It also includes a grandfather clause for people who owned an “assault rifle” before February 1, 2013. According to the bill, those who have a grandfathered in rifle have until September 1, 2013 to either:

  • Surrender the gun for destruction
  • Make the gun inoperable
  • Register the weapon, including a background check for possession of the gun

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Adam Ballard, the product manager at DPMS Panther Arms located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, testified in opposition to the bill. DPMS is an established black rifle company that has been supplying civilians, law enforcement and military with firearms and accessories since 1985. They are the second largest AR-15 manufacturer in the United States.

DPMS is an established black rifle company based in Minnesota.

DPMS is an established black rifle company based in Minnesota.

During Ballard’s testimony, he pointed out the economic contribution that DPMS makes to Minnesota, by employing 115 people with a $3.32 million payroll and millions of dollars in state and federal taxes. The economic impact of an assault weapons ban in Minnesota would not only affect the people who work at DPMS, but also Boberg Arms and Magnum Research.

Ballard said Minnesota’s assault weapons ban would put DPMS out of business. On the company’s Facebook page: “This bill would close our doors, put a great number of hard-working Americans out of work and infringe upon the rights of millions of lawful gun owners in Minnesota.”

The Senate plans to hold similar hearings on H.F. 241 later in February.

To tell your representatives to vote against an assault weapons ban in Minnesota, visit the NRA-ILA’s Action Center website.

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Comments (56)

  • JiminGA

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    To DaveD #50….which is better, closing or relocating? By not moving, everybody is out of a job.

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  • Todd

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    To Alan S #47 We are sorry to say that MO is enacting a illegal law on Weapons don’t think they would be welcome there. Come to UTAH we love guns here.

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  • John

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    I have read many of the comments. Just one thing I think is missing. WE are the United States,not the independant states of America. If this tyranny starts in one area,it’s like cancer it spreads. Responsible guns owners need to make their voice heard. It’s not just about guns,it’s about a wholesale attack on all of our rights and freedoms. Look at the TSA,state police, Dot. Illegal check points in Arizona (looks a lot like 1938 in Germany) These guys are all paramilitary. What happened to PROTECT AND SERVE. We need to replace any legislator that is willing to compromise our rights as free people. Not the SHEEPLE.

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  • Michael Ouimette

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    I’m ashamed to say I grew up in that very, very blue state of Minnesota. Fortunately, as it pertains to gun rights, I no longer live there… Come to Michigan…we are now a Right to Work State!! And if you relocate to the UP, similar climate, hard working honest people, and we speak the same …don’tchaknow? You betcha! Eh?

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  • Mike Jensen

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    DPMS would only have to relocate about 80 to 100 miles to cross the river and move into God’s country here in Wisconsin. I know of a couple of facilities and towns that would welcome them with open arms and has the skilled workforce already in place and ready to WORK!

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  • 11bNOV

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    Let me be “that guy”. Just try and make this US Army Infantry veteran’s AR away. I fought to ensure the constitution was defended. Not arbitrarily enforced. The second amendment states that we have the right to bear arms in a well regulated militia. According to the government, the US ARMY National Guard is our well regulated militia, hence the need to disarm the citizens. I mean, makes sense to me. Trust the government, especially if things go awry and a militia is needed. The government signs the National Guards paychecks, I am sure they would love to work for the people instead.
    Point being, you wanna take it? You best get the constitution changed.
    Makes me wanna move back down south, anywhere away from the stupid state. They don’t even support/take care of veterans up here. Too bad I live paycheck to paycheck in this soul crushing food industry job as I fumble through college to get my 2 year associates art degree to “prove” the train yard I am a good employee that “can show commitment to something, such as college.” (Since my 5 years in active duty and 2 combat tours show no form of commitment anymore)
    It’s broken people. It’s minnesota today,

    be warned, its your state tomorrow.

    I just hope someone in the house/senate remembers to read the constitution…

    P.S.

    My purple heart license plate on my car shows i won’t just back down

    sorry to be “that guy”

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