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Following recent mass shootings, Walz calls again for gun reform

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka pushed back against proposed gun control measures.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is once again pushing for gun reform at the Capitol following two recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. But Republican leaders, who shot down gun control bills last session, won’t budge.

On Twitter, Walz called on Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka Monday to hold hearings on two bills Gazelka rejected last session.

One measure would require background checks for individuals transferring guns between private parties, with exceptions for transfers to federally-licensed firearms dealers, law enforcement or immediate family members.

Another, the “red flag” measure, would allow law enforcement or city and county attorneys to file a petition in court to prohibit individuals deemed a significant danger to themselves or others from possessing a firearm for six months to two years.

Ninety percent of Minnesotans are in favor of criminal background checks for all purchases, including those between private parties, according to the Star Tribune

The DFL-Controlled House passed these measures. But Senate Republicans rejected the two proposals on a party-line vote at a conference committee near the end of the last legislative session.

Gazelka maintained this stance on Twitter Sunday, stating such background check requirements are ineffective.

This discourse comes after two shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio left a total of 31 people dead last week.

According to the New York Times, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has called for similar red flag laws to prevent such tragedies.

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