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Minnesota Senate passes new penalties for gun straw buyers, bans binary triggers

The Minnesota Senate approved stronger penalties for gun straw buyers Thursday along with a ban on binary triggers, ending weeks of uncertainty about prospects for new gun restrictions this session.

The bill passed 34 to 33 on a partisan vote with DFLers supporting it and Republicans opposed.

Sen. Heather Gustafson, DFL-Vadnais Heights, was the sponsor. A similar measure already passed the House and Gov. Tim Walz has indicated he would sign the bill. Many Republicans expressed support for the straw buyer provisions but said the binary trigger ban would lead to an unconstitutional confiscation of guns.


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