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Minnesota gun control proposals hit obstacle in conference committee


Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Rep. Dave Pinto, D-St. Paul, listened while Rob Doar of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus spoke against his bill in the Public Safety conference committee that was packed by advocates of both sides.

Two gun-control measures deemed a top priority by Minnesota DFL lawmakers this session were dealt an all-but-fatal blow Tuesday after they failed to advance on a party-line vote in a joint conference committee on the state's public safety budget.

The vote, coming after three hours of debate, appeared to stymie efforts by gun-control advocates to expand criminal-background checks to private gun sales and create a "red flag" law that would allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people considered a threat to themselves or others.


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