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Dayton proposes security upgrades, gun control to protect Minnesota schools

He's seeking support from the legislature.
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Governor Mark Dayton has proposed security upgrades and gun control measures to protect Minnesota schools following the mass shooting in Florida that left 17 dead.

The governor revealed his plan on Wednesday, looking for bipartisan support within the legislature to get the measures passed.

But while his suggestion to increase funding for school security upgrades will probably find support within the Capitol, his gun control measures are less likely to pass the GOP-controlled House and Senate.

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His proposal includes $16 million for security upgrades at Minnesota schools, including bulletproof glass and secure entrances, as well as $5 million in mental health grants to school districts.

He is also proposing an expansion of background checks for gun purchases, as well as raising the age to buy assault weapons to 21 in Minnesota. It's currently 18.

"We all have a responsibility and I have a mission to prevent school tragedies from occurring," he told media on Wednesday.

You can listen to his full press conference here.

Efforts since the Florida shooting to pass gun control measures have so far failed to make it out of committee stage at the State Capitol.

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