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Biden's action on guns divides Minnesota delegation


President Joe Biden, accompanied by Attorney General Merrick Garland, speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON – A new spate of gun control actions from President Joe Biden on Thursday further underlined the deep partisan divide on the issue in Minnesota.

Calling gun violence in the United States an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment," Biden rolled out a series of executive actions ranging from a proposed rule that would regulate "ghost guns" to pushing for widespread red-flag laws. Minnesota is one of 31 states without a red-flag law, which allows family members and those in law enforcement to ask a court to temporarily prevent someone who is a danger to themselves or others from having access to a gun.

"It is only through strong executive action by President Biden that the American people are finding any protections from this deadly epidemic of gun violence," Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum said in a statement. She said that during the past decade, "Republicans in Congress and the NRA have killed every piece of federal common-sense gun legislation."


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