Minn. Senate panel approves stripped-down gun bill

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A gun bill aimed at providing better data more quickly to the national background checks system was approved by a Minnesota Senate panel Tuesday. The measure was stripped of provisions that gun rights' activists opposed.

The Star Tribune reports the bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, involves a quicker transfer of fingerprints, mental health records and some criminal background information to the National Instant Background Check System.

A controversial provision that added certain felony convictions to "crimes of violence," a state list that prohibits offenders from owning guns in the future, was taken out.

Also removed was language that may be construed as requiring expanded background checks or limitations on lawful gun ownership, according to the Associated Press.

The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure in a 15-2 vote, the bill's last stop before going to a full Senate vote.

Earlier this month, House and Senate DFL leaders said that the full chambers would not vote on legislation aimed at gun control this session, but this non-controversial bill was able to make the cut.

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