Driving DPMS Out of Business: Minnesota House Bill 241

By Suzanne Wiley published on in 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)

  • Ron

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    Come to Texas. My son and I own DPMS’s. Others at work bought them. Y’all are welcomed down here.

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  • Sam

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    All y’all are more than welcome to come on down to Texas! Not only do we have a thriving economy, but no state income taxes. That, our love of firearms of all kinds and our overall opposition to the Left’s gun grabbing would make Texas a wonderful place to make your new home.

    I’m ashamed to say I used to be a Minnesotan for a long time…glad I got out of there.

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  • Frank

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    Isn’t that where Jessie Ventura comes from? figures.

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  • Jim H

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    Hey, we welcome you to the Great State of Wyoming, too! Our legislators and Governor are fine people who understand the importance for hunters, marksmen, and citizens of being able to own and use firearms in our state. COME ON DOWN! We welcome you with open arms. It’s a pretty nice place to live too.

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  • Walking Dead Fanantix

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    Florida welcomes DPMS…

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  • Clark W. Griswold

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    This is something that has had me laughing (in a head-shaking way) at the libs this whole time. They keep saying they’re adding more and more jobs. That the future is looking bright. The economy is turning around. As soon as I heard about the new AWB, my thoughts went immediately to all those employed in the firearms industry and all of the smaller businesses that prop up the bigger businesses (I used to work for a foundry that produces parts for DPMS, Remington, Savage, Colt, Armalite, etc. We were extremely anti-liberal until our anti-liberal founders sold out to a liberal investor company). Hundreds of thousands of jobs would be affected by their new AWB. But hey now, that doesn’t matter. Just keep swallowing what they’re shoveling. Be good sheeple and everything will be just fine. (The last few sentences were sarcasm, just to clarify) The cowards and power-hungry are taking our rights and tossing them aside. They’re doing anything and everything to control us. These are scary times.

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  • South Dakota Josh

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    DPMS can move to South Dakota and join the other manufacturers here. And the tax incentives.

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  • David W

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    Theres no doubt that this ban would have a huge e conomic impact across our nation. With a soft economy as it is,this is another down side to their nonsense plan.

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  • Undex

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    This is how the regime plans to disarm Americans… Little bites of the elephant. By securing bastions of martial law (personal weapon confiscations), pressure can be placed on adjacent states to follow suit. Get ready people. Soon we will all have to decide just how much The 2nd Amendment means to us; FOR REAL!

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  • JiminGA

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    My wife’s AR is a DPMS. They will be welcomed with open arms in Georgia where they will find a good workforce in a right-to-work red state. Come on down! And it’s a lot warmer in the winter here.

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