Gun-control group's national tour stops in Minneapolis


A traveling national gun control rally stopped in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday morning.

The event was part of a 25-city tour organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which says it has the backing of 1,000 mayors and 1.5 million supporters. Among those on the tour are survivors of mass shootings and family members of victims, the Star Tribune reports.

"What Congress should understand is that we are not going away," said Accent Signage victim John Souter, FOX 9 reported.

"Background checks are quick and simple and save lives," said Carlee Soto, who lost her older sister, Sandy Hook teacher Victoria Soto, in the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

The goal of the tour is to prod policy makers to adopt tighter background checks for gun buyers. The 100-day bus tour, called "No More Names: The National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence," started last month in Newtown, Conn., six months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The mayor's group has been critical of the Senate, which in April rejected legislation aimed at more gun control.

Sami Rahamim, 17, whose father Reuven was killed in the Accent workplace shooting on Sept. 27, writes an opinion piece in the Star Tribune Wednesday, arguing that reforming gun laws is still possible and critical.

Critics said that legislation would not have been effective in curbing gun violence or keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Bipartisan opponents of the legislation said passions had no place in making broad new gun policy, the New York Times noted.

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.