Hundreds rally at Minnesota Capitol against proposed gun-control laws

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Bill Jungbauer leaned over the railing crowning the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda, his hands grasping a flag that read, "Don’t tread on me." "As our Founding Fathers said, the loss of our liberty is only a generation away," he said. "We all have to continue to stand up for it." Jungbauer, of Inver Grove Heights, was among hundreds of people who rallied at the Capitol Saturday against gun-control measures moving through the Legislature. The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus organized the event, which drew people of all ages from across the state, along with a slew of legislators and activists. "There’s a lot of us in this room that have had enough, and it’s time to start riding herd on the rest of these people that want to take your rights away from you," Rep. Cal Bahr, R-East Bethel, told the crowd. "They will not go quietly into the good night. They need to be kicked to the curb and stomped on and run over a few times." Democrats in the state House pledged early this session that two gun-control measures would be among their top priorities this year. The bills, and similar legislation in the Senate, would expand criminal background checks in firearms sales to cover private sellers and adopt a "red flag" law that would allow relatives or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from people deemed to be a danger to others or themselves. The anti-gun-violence group Protect Minnesota issued a statement Friday in […]

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