Minnesota attorney general candidates outline different approaches to violent crime
July 12, 2022
Republican attorney general candidate Jim Schultz's plan to combat violent crime in Minnesota includes adding more criminal prosecutors, increasing penalties for repeat offenders and carjackers and putting pressure on county prosecutors who don't pursue certain cases.
Schultz hopes to challenge DFL Attorney General Keith Ellison, who said that "guns have got to be part of any public safety conversation." More must be done to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, Ellison said, such as expanding background checks on buyers and regulating untraceable firearms.
Ellison and Schultz laid out their contrasting approaches to addressing violent crime during separate news conferences Monday. Ellison focused more on gun control measures and preventing mass shootings, while Schultz discussed how he would encourage prosecutors across the state to impose harsher punishment on those who commit crimes involving a gun.