Skip to main content

In Minnesota gun laws, status quo prevails for at least another year

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Legislature held several days of contentious hearings this winter on what changes to make in the state laws regulating guns. Now House and Senate leaders say there will be no changes made -- at least not this year.

House Speaker Paul Thissen said Wednesday that no gun bill will come up for a floor vote in the current session. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk later said that - given Thissen's decision - the Senate would not vote either.

The DFL party holds a majority in each legislative chamber but opposing factions have been unable to agree, particularly on whether to make criminal background checks mandatory for all gun purchases. Thissen says the inability to find common ground meant no gun bill had enough support to pass the House this year.

The Pioneer Press notes Thissen's decision came just as advocates of tighter restrictions on guns were gearing up for an end-of-the-session push for a stricter law.

Michael Paymar of St. Paul, who was leading that push in the House, tells the Star Tribune he's disappointed and angry with Thissen. Paymar says the speaker had promised that “he wanted to do something about gun violence. He committed to me we would have a vote, we would have a debate on the floor.”

Paymar chairs the committee that held three days of public hearings in February that were so packed, even the overflow rooms were overflowing.

Thissen and Bakk say say revisions to Minnesota's gun laws may have a better chance of passing in 2014.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

bad roads, blizzard

No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

Raheem Morris

Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

train crossing S Boardman Ave, New York Mills, Minnesota - August 2013 crop GSV

Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.


Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

hwy 41 engler boulevard crash crop

Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.