Lawsuit Challenges Gun Ban at Minnesota State Fair
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A decision to ban handguns from the Minnesota State Fair is being challenged in court.
The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus and two individually identified gun owners with permits to carry have filed a lawsuit against Ramsey County, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, and the operators of the State Fair over a ban on firearms listed on the fair's website. The lawsuit asks the court to strike down the firearm prohibition and possibly issue an injunction preventing the State Fair and Ramsey County from enforcing the ban.
As it currently stands, a person violating the fair’s gun ban could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime.
Court documents indicate the plaintiffs will argue the gun ban violates their rights under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and that state law prevents the State Fair from prohibiting citizens with valid permits to carry from possessing guns on the fairgrounds. The lawsuit points out Minnesota law even allows people with valid permits to carry firearms into the Minnesota State Capitol Complex.