Skip to main content

Gun control debate lands in Minnesota Senate

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The contentious debate over gun control comes to the Minnesota Senate as the Senate Judiciary Committee convenes hearings on Thursday and Friday, MPR reports.

On Thursday, the panel will consider a measure that would require all gun sales to go through licensed dealers, as well as legislation that aims to restrict people with mental illnesses from obtaining firearms. Another measure would toughen penalties for "straw buyers" – people who purchase guns for others who are not allowed to own them.

Lawmakers will also consider legislation that allows some retired peace officers to carry guns without a permit.

The hearings will not include discussion of the most controversial proposals: a ban on assault-sytle weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, MPR reports. Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Ron Latz said those proposals are best handled at the federal level, KSTP reported.

The hearings follow lively, high-profile hearings in the Minnesota House earlier this month.

The National Rifle Association has urged gun rights advocates to pack the hearing room.

Supporters of stricter firearms controls rallied in the Capitol rotunda on Monday, calling on lawmakers to take steps to reduce gun violence.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings are scheduled to start at noon Thursday. Seating will be limited to those who have tickets, the Pioneer Press reports. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those in line outside Capitol Room 15, the newspaper reports.

Overflow seating will be available. Public testimony will be taken from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Pioneer Press says.

Next Up

ambulance

1 dead, 2 with life-threatening injuries in Minnesota crash

The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Image (1)

School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo

None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting

Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube

Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.

J. Gordon

K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop

A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 5.20.08 PM

Gov. Walz reacts to Tuesday death of Mankato West student

The governor is a former geography teacher at the high school.

court room

Teen pleads guilty to Minneapolis carjacking, admits to others

The man was yanked out of the vehicle by witnesses before fleeing the scene.

Federal court house

Three plead guilty to roles in murder on Red Lake Reservation

The 2019 murder left another person seriously injured.

image

Sheriff: Heifer shot and butchered on farmer's pasture near Aitkin

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office.

SwearegeneMugDouglasCoJail

Minneapolis murder suspect arrested in Wisconsin

The man has been wanted by police since the shooting happened in April.

Related