February 22, 2018 07:52 PM
Gun-violence prevention activists were meeting with lawmakers Thursday at the State Capitol.
Protect Minnesota, a gun-violence prevention group, also had a rally scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. The event was entitled "Rally in the Rotunda for Sensible Gun Laws!"
Gun safety issues have become front-and-center in the national debate since a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week.
But the group says they are also concerned about gun deaths that don't get the same amount of attention. And they want lawmakers to vote against two new gun bills - 'Stand Your Ground' and 'Permitless Carry' - introduced this session.
They point to an increase in gun deaths in Minnesota - up 32 percent from 2006 to 2016. There were 432 gun deaths in Minnesota in 2016, more than deaths due to opioids (376) or traffic fatalities (392).
And they say every state that has passed such gun laws has a significantly higher rate of gun deaths than Minnesota.
Updated: February 22, 2018 07:52 PM
Created: February 22, 2018 04:31 PM
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