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37 Law & Ineq. 387 (2019)
Gun Control and the Color of the Law

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                         THE LAW

                         Alicia L. Granset

     There is a world of difference between thirty million unarmed,
     submissive Black people and thirty million Black people armed
     with freedom and defense guns and the strategic methods of
     - Huey P. Newton, June 20, 19671

     In  August   of  2017,  then-St. Paul,  Minnesota   mayoral
candidate  Melvin   Carter's home   was  burglarized.  A  lockbox
containing two firearms he had inherited from his father, a retired
St. Paul police officer, was stolen.2 In response, the St. Paul Police
Federation  (a police union) wrote an open letter to the community
asking the Black candidate a series of questions regarding his gun
storage practices: where he had gotten the firearms, whether he had
taken  a gun safety course, and why  he had  waited  to report the
break-in.3 The letter was followed by a mailer  from the Political
Action  Committee   (PAC) Building  a Better  St. Paul-primarily
funded  by  the St. Paul  Police Federation-which claimed that
[o]ver 100 shots have  been fired since August  15 when   Melvin
Carter's guns went missing-despite  there being no allegation that
Carter's guns had, in fact, fired a single shot.4 The Carter campaign

    t. J.D. Candidate 2019, University of Minnesota Law School.
    1. Huey P. Newton, In Defense of Self-Defense, in THE HUEY NEWTON READER
137 (David Hilliard & Donald Weise eds., 2002).
    2. See Melvin Carter, Opinion, Melvin Carter: Feeling at Home in Our City
Starts with Feeling Safe at Home, PIONEER PRESS (Sept. 14, 2017), https://www.twin
    3. Frederick Melo, Police Union Criticizes Carter over Gun Theft from His
Home; Campaign Decries Racist Attack', PIONEER PRESS (Oct. 24, 2017), https://ww
Chao Xiong, St. Paul Police Union, Melvin Carter Campaign Spar over Guns Stolen
from His Home, STAR TRIBUNE (Oct. 24, 2017, 10:42 PM), http://www.startribune.co
    4. Nick Woltman, et al., Coleman, Harris Call on Police Union Board Members
to Resign Following Campaign Mailer, PIONEER PRESS (Nov. 9, 2017, 9:48 AM), http

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