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Dayton criticizes NRA for opposing universal background checks

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Gov. Mark Dayton slammed the National Rifle Association and its opposition to a bill that would implement universal background checks, MPR reports.

The NRA has claimed that expanding background checks would infringe on 2nd Amendment rights and could lead to gun confiscations.

During a House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee hearing Tuesday, Dayton called the arguments "bogus" and "beyond the pale of anything anybody is considering or proposing."

The committee has 15 voting members -- 9 DFLers and 6 Republicans.

The bill sponsored by committee chairmen, Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, is opposed by all GOP members and two DFLers, the Star Tribune says.

Paymar says he could change the bill before Tuesday night's meeting to win passage.

A final vote is expected at 7 p.m.

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