Buffalo clinic shooting renews gun control push at Minnesota Capitol

Buffalo clinic shooting renews gun control push at Minnesota Capitol

The overflow room for the Public Safety conference committee in 2019 held mostly members of Moms Demand Action members. On the screen is Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park. The fatal shooting at a Buffalo health clinic has reignited a debate over gun restrictions at the Minnesota Capitol. Some Democratic legislators and gun control advocates renewed their long-standing push for background check and red-flag laws after Tuesday’s attack that killed one person and injured four others. The man arrested in the shooting had a history of violent threats and was well known to law enforcement. But gun control advocates said mass shootings, even one that hits close to home, are unlikely to change the dynamic in the Legislature , where the Senate’s Republican majority has opposed those measures. "Anytime there’s another shooting it highlights the importance of getting guns out of the hands of people that are a danger to themselves or others," said Sen. Ron Latz, DFL- St. Louis Park, who has pushed for several gun control measures. He said Senate Democrats will request a hearing on the bills again this year, "But I expect we’ll be stonewalled like we have in the past." Both GOP and DFL lawmakers said Wednesday they need more detail about the shooting at the Allina Clinic and the suspect’s possession of firearms to determine whether proposed gun restrictions could have affected the situation. The suspect, Gregory Paul Ulrich, was barred from the clinic after repeatedly calling his former doctor and threatening a […]

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