Skip to main content

Lawmakers, public debate stricter background checks for guns

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Lawmakers and Minnesotans got into some heated discussions Tuesday on the topic of gun control.

According to WCCO, hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul for the Senate Judiciary Committee's meeting. They talked about bills by DFL Sen. Ron Latz.

One of the bills discussed called for more background checks. It would require criminal background checks for firearm sales and transfers.

While the bill wouldn't stop people from being able to get guns, the station notes it would make purchasing them more difficult.

MPR News says people, including members of the public, spent more than two hours testifying for and against these stricter background checks.

Both parties gave statistics, with bill advocates saying stricter laws could help keep guns from falling into the hands of criminals – and opponents arguing back that criminals aren't getting their weapons legally anyway.

But despite the long, intense meeting, no votes were had and MPR says these bills won't be getting anywhere in this session.

Latz tells the news source that the meeting was simply to encourage discussion on his bill and the topic of gun control in Minnesota.

According to the Star Tribune, he hopes to continue the discussion next year.

The second bill that was discussed would give law enforcement and family members the ability to petition a court to prohibit a person from getting a firearm if the person is believed to be a danger to themselves or someone else.

Next Up

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.


Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.


Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 8.55.56 AM

Officials looking for man last seen leaving Hudson home

David Mckay, 67, was last seen in Hudson Thursday morning.


'Hyper-contagious' BA.4, BA.5 COVID variants confirmed in MN

Omicron continues to evolve into a more transmissible virus.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, May 20

The latest data shows there are 442 people with COVID hospitalized in Minnesota.