Dayton criticizes NRA for opposing universal background checks


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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-06-14 at 8.45.06 AM

Loved ones identify woman killed in Uptown as Deona Marie Knajdek

She was among the protestors Sunday night when a motorist drove through the crowd.

hutchinson health hospital

Hutchinson Hospital forgives $184K in medical debt following settlement

The AG's office accused the nonprofit hospital of violating a regulatory agreement.


Chaska man seriously injured in waterskiing accident

The 24-year-old was airlifted to a hospital.

Flickr - beach water

9-year-old dies after drowning in Carver Lake in Woodbury

The incident follows a string of drownings in Minnesota over the weekend.

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 2017

Owner closes JUUT in Uptown, cites 'escalating crime and violence'

JUUT is closed after 35 years at the Hennepin and Lake Street location.

Randy Dobnak

Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

Randy Dobnak's six earned runs was part of a long afternoon.

Seimone Augustus

Lynx to retire jerseys of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson next season

The former Lynx stars were a key piece of their four WNBA titles.

police tape, crime scene

Rushford police officer fires gun during report of a restraining order violation

The incident occurred on Highway 30 near the Rushford Municipal Airport.

lake water

18-year-old dies from drowning in Quarry Park

The incident is one of several drownings to occur in Minnesota in recent weeks.