News

Driving DPMS Out of Business: Minnesota House Bill 241

DPMS is an established black rifle ompany based in Minnesota.

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.

The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog. "The Shooter's Log", is to provide information - not opinions - to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decicions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (56)

  1. Michigan is a VERY gun AND manufacturing friendly right-to-work state! There are thousands of highly skilled workers, engineers and shops with decades of auto experience to support DPMS! We’re right next door across the Lake with plenty of hunting, fishing, lakes and recreational facilities to make your workers feel right at home. Same climate too!

  2. The East coast is a nice place, it might snow once a year, lots of beaches and Babe’s, and there is lots of land for sale here in Currituck co,NC…..and we are in the middle of a ton of Military Installations.

  3. Iowa would welcome you are well…NE Iowa has great hard working people, beautiful landscapes, plenty of access to transportation, we are a right to work state!

  4. Move to Oklahoma! We’re gun friendly and recently our state government sent a letter to Remington inviting them to move their operations here.

  5. If I owned the company, I’d would gladly relocate to Texas.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    “At first glance, it may seem odd or even perverse to suggest that statutory controls on the private ownership of firearms are irrelevant to the problem of armed crime: yet that is precisely what the evidence shows. Armed crime and violent crime generally are products of ethnic and social factors unrelated to the availability of a particular type of weapon. The number of firearms required to satisfy the crime market is minute, and these are supplied no matter what controls are instituted. Controls have had serious effect on legitimate users of firearms, but there is no case, either in the history of this country (Britain) or in the experience of other countries in which controls can be shown to have restricted the flow of weapons to criminals, or in any way reduce crime.”
    -Chief Inspector Colins Greenwood, West Yorkshire Constabulary, Police Review, Britain after six months of study of firearms control systems at Cambridge University

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    “When I began my research on guns in 1976, like most academics, I was a believer in the ‘anti-gun’ thesis. … It seemed then like self-evident common sense which hardly needed to be empirically tested. … [But] the best currently available evidence, imperfect though it is (and must always be), indicates that general gun availability has no measurable net positive effect on rates of homicide, suicide, robbery, assault, rape, or burglary in the U.S. … Further, when victims have guns, it is less likely aggressors will attack or injure them and less likely they will lose property in a robbery. … The positive associations often found between aggregate levels of violence and gun ownership appear to be primarily due to violence increasing gun ownership, rather than the reverse.”
    -Prof. Gary Kleck, Florida State University School of Criminology, from a speech given to the National Academy of Sciences in 1991, as reported by Don B. Kates, Jr. in “Shot Down”, National Review, March 6, 1995, pages 49-54

  6. 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”

    How about the wise legistlators in MN ALSO ban any movie, book, photo or description of the above evil rifles?? Wouldnt want anyone to get any ideas!! If youre going to destroy the second ammendment in MN, why not trash the first as well?? See how far that gets now.

  7. Come on down to the Great State of Oklahoma. You would not only create jobs here but the business would boom. Lawton OK, located around plenty of military folks would welcom you.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit exceeded. Please click the reload button and complete the captcha once again.

Your discussions, feedback and comments are welcome here as long as they are relevant and insightful. Please be respectful of others. We reserve the right to edit as appropriate, delete profane, harassing, abusive and spam comments or posts, and block repeat offenders. All comments are held for moderation and will appear after approval.