Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Guns: has Newtown shooting changed Minnesota's attitude?

Author:

As a Minnesota House committee prepares for three days of hearings on proposals to change the state's gun laws, the panel's chairman says there's been a "sea change" in the readiness to consider such legislation.

St. Paul DFLer Michael Paymar tells ABC Newspapers rural lawmakers in particular have softened their opposition to revisiting gun laws in the wake of last month's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Of course, a willingness to talk about changes does not ensure that a bill will reach the governor's desk. The National Rifle Association said Tuesday it will be active at the Minnesota Capitol, lobbying against more stringent background checks or limits on assault weapons among other possible changes.

Next week will be a busy one for Paymar and his colleagues on the Public Safety Committee. Their daytime hearings will likely be followed by public testimony in the evenings. The committee has at least 10 different measures to consider.

President Obama this week met with law enforcement leaders including Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, as he seeks to build support for gun violence legislation in Washington. Obama plans to be in Minneapolis on Monday, although the focus of his visit was not immediately clear.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.

Related

flickr-gun-show-houston-2007

Republican lawmakers shoot down gun safety measures

One DFL lawmaker called it 'deeply disappointing.'