Relph applauds heroic off-duty officer, says military should also be allowed to carry personal firearms for self-defense
State Senate candidate Jerry Relph is pledging to make St. Cloud safer by authoring sensible legislation to allow active duty military members to conceal and carry personal firearms for self-defense.
Last weekend, officer Jason Falconer was recognized as a hero after using his personal handgun to prevent further tragic injuries and possible loss of life during the violent stabbing attack at Crossroads Mall. Under current law, Officer Falconer and other off-duty peace officers are allowed carry personal firearms with or without a permit. Active duty military members, however, are not given the same treatment.
“Minnesotans should feel safe going to the mall,” said Relph. “St. Cloud and all Minnesota communities need more ‘good guys’ like Officer Falconer helping to defend our communities from senseless violence. If I’m elected, I will fight to make all communities safer by giving more qualified citizens the ability to defend themselves and each other on our streets and in our malls. As a Vietnam Veteran, I understand how active duty military members put their lives on the line for us at home and abroad and their ongoing training more than qualifies them to carry personal firearms as they go about their daily lives.”
The idea for the bill was presented in 2015, but it has not yet been introduced in the Senate. Similar legislation has been enacted in other states.