DFL-backed gun control bills clear Minnesota House


February 28, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Gun safety advocates from Protect Minnesota and Moms Demand Action chanted and cheered on DFL legislators including Rep. Jack Considine Jr., DFL-Mankato, who plan to vote for bills that would expand background checks and a new red flag law.

The Minnesota House passed two major gun control bills Thursday night, both priorities for state Democrats that still have no clear path to advancing out of the Republican-controlled Senate.

Democrats and gun control advocates have spent years pushing for a bill to expand criminal background checks to cover most private firearms transfers, as well as for a second bill enacting a "red flag" law to let courts temporarily remove guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. The first bill passed the House 69-62, the second 68-62.



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