Minnesota House panel backs gun sale checks

February 27, 2019 10:31 PM

A Minnesota House committee has voted to require universal criminal background checks for gun purchasers.

As the Legislature took up the contentious issue of gun control for the first time this session, the House public safety committee approved the bill on a 9-7 vote late Wednesday night. The bill next goes to the Judiciary Committee.

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Related: Minnesota House panel set to consider 2 gun control bills

The committee then began considering a bill for a "red flag" law to allow families and police to seek court orders to temporarily confiscate guns from people judged to pose an imminent threat to themselves or others.

Leaders of the new Democratic majority in the House predict floor approval of both bills, and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz supports them. But Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has vowed to block the legislation.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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