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Gun control proposals get shot down at State Capitol

Gun control proposals get shot down at State Capitol Photo: KSTP-TV

May 14, 2019 04:31 PM

Minnesota House and Senate negotiators have failed to agree on stronger gun control laws.

The conference committee on the main public safety budget bill voted 5-5 on the two proposals, which would have expanded background checks for firearms transfers and allowed police to temporarily confiscate guns from people judged to be an imminent threat.

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Tuesday's tie votes, which fell along party lines, means the proposals didn't make it into broader bill, though they could come up again. Those voting in favor of the proposals were Sen. Latz, Rep. Mariani, Rep. Pinto, Rep. Moller and Rep. Lesch, while Sen. Limmer, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Lang, Sen. Anderson and Rep. Zerwas voted against.

Meanwhile, Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders sat down in private Tuesday to try to bridge their deep divisions on taxes and spending. They need to set financial targets to guide the conference committees that have made only patchy progress so far on writing the main budget bills of the session.

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