Gun control bills unveiled as opponents fan out at Capitol

Gun control bills unveiled as opponents fan out at Capitol

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state senator proposed new gun restrictions Jan. 24 while gun control opponents fanned out across the state Capitol complex to lobby their lawmakers to oppose further limits. Sen. Ron Latz introduced bills to require background checks before most gun sales in Minnesota, and to allow police and family members to obtain court orders to temporarily remove guns from people who pose an imminent danger to themselves or others, also known as a red flag law. “Both, we know, will in fact reduce gun violence if they get passed,” the St. Louis Park Democrat said at a news conference surrounded by fellow Democratic senators. But Thursday was also lobbying day for the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, whose members converged at the Capitol to track down their legislators and urge them to oppose the legislation. The group plans a larger rally at the Capitol on Feb. 23. Bryan Strawser, chairman of the group, said at a separate news conference that they have “legitimate concerns” about the legislation infringing on the rights of lawful gun owners. Speaking at the caucus’ news conference, Daniel Ward, membership director of the African-American Heritage Gun Club of Minnesota, called instead for tougher enforcement of laws already on the books that target criminals who get guns illegally through straw purchases and thefts. “How about being tougher on the criminals rather than being tougher on law-abiding citizens?” he said. Background check and red-flag bills are key planks in the platform of […]

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