Minnesota House panel set to consider 2 gun control bills

February 27, 2019 09:06 PM

The Minnesota Legislature is bracing for its first hearing this session on the contentious issue of gun control.

The House public safety committee hearing is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol. Security is tight with more than a dozen Minnesota State Troopers and Capitol Security officers in and around the hearing room.

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The House Public Safety Committee will hear testimony on bills to require universal criminal background checks for gun purchasers and another that would enable families and police to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from people who might pose an imminent threat to themselves or others.


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The committee chairman, Rep. Carlos Mariani, says he intends to pass both bills Wednesday night but will take them up again Thursday evening if necessary.


According to the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, state lawmakers have been trying, unsuccessfully, to get these gun control bills to become law for years.  

In the case of the so-called "red flag" legislation, it's been more than a decade.


The two bills are a top priority for the new House Democratic majority's agenda.

But it's not clear if they'll get anywhere in the GOP-controlled Senate, where Republican leaders have expressed opposition.

KSTP's Tom Hauser contributed to that report



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