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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.

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Comments (56)

  1. I own a couple of your “Black Rifles” and very happy with them. I would certainly love to have you relocate, but I highly doubt the Peoples Republic of Illinois would appreciate it much…. LOL….. Come to think of it, don’t bother. I will be leaving this God awful place about 5 minutes after I retire and that day is not far away.

  2. Come to the Ardmore, Ok Industrial Airpark. There’s a foundry there. Airport, rail access. And not one county in Oklahoma went for Obama in the last 2 elections. Business friendly and in the middle of gun country

  3. I read somewhere that some gun manufacturers require a lot of water for their manufacturing process. I understood it has something to do with needing the water for cooling their cutting machinery. That is suppose to be one reason why they like the Great Lakes area. All gun makers [including DPMS] are very welcome to relocate to Oklahoma. We are passing pro-gun legislation to protect gun manufacturers.

  4. Come to North Dakota, We are right next door! I have I un zoned farm land at lansford and will provide some of it for you to build on. We will help you move. I am sure the farmers here will lend their farm shops to you till we get you in a building of your own. Have gun, will travel!

  5. If they vote it in the people of that State will get what they deserve. There are plenty of other states that would love to have them move their, including the great state of Louisiana.

  6. And California is now considering a confiscation of all ‘assault rifles’.

    Seems some states are sucking up to The Dark Lord. Well, being a Minnesotan, all I can say if this is passed is, “How do ‘you’ plan enforcing this? People have not been clearing store shelves of firearms and ammunition as a house cleaning favor.”

  7. Come on down to Texas where we support those who support our 2nd amendment rights. Build your new head quarters in the area northwest of Houston.

  8. Screw them. Come on down to Texas. Cost of living is cheaper. Cost of doing business is cheaper. We have a great climate here, reasonable tax rates, reasonable labor costs and we are notoriously business friendly. We love our guns. A lot. Trust me, contact Rick Perry, our illustrious governor. He can give you the right connections, tax breaks, and other incentives to welcome your company to our state. You well never ever hear “we don’t want you do business in Texas”. Although a nice little Texas discount would be nice on your AR’s.

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