Skip to main content

Proposing gun control bills, students warn: 'Come November, we will vote'

Democrats have proposed a suite of a dozen gun control bills.

Flanked by students involved in Saturday's "March For Our Lives," Democratic Senators in Minnesota proposed a suite of gun control bills.

Many of the bills have already been put forward earlier this session, and some have since been tabled, but DFL senators say together they form part of a comprehensive package of gun control propositions they are eager to discuss in the Capitol.

Sen. Jason Isaacson, introducing two more bills that would create secure single entries to Minnesota schools and create "threat assessment teams" within the education system, urged Republican majorities to give gun control an airing before the close of this year's legislative session.

More than a dozen gun control bills submitted primarily by Democrats this session, with a few Republicans joining on a couple of them, range from school safety measures, enhanced background checks, a ban on bump stocks, raising the minimum age on assault weapons to 21, and allowing the health department to study gun violence.

Related: 

– Proposing gun control bills, GOPers say they don't care if they're voted out.

DFLers were joined by students who marched on Saturday, among them St. Paul Central High School student Adrian Ali-Caccamo, who issued a warning for politicians who stand in the way of gun control measures: "Come November, we will vote."

"My whole life has been in an era post-Columbine. I remember doing lockdowndrills as young as elementary school. For our generation this has become normal. It is unacceptable. There is not a single student who should have to fear going to school. We, the youth, have the momentum. We have grown up in this environment, and now that we are coming of age we will not sit by and let it continue. We as a society have the power to change the narrative in this country. It is time for us to do so."

MPR notes that the deadline has passed for bills to clear at least one committee, but the DFL says that exceptions can be made and a vote hearing can proceed if there is enough political will on both sides.

Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) noted that the medical marijuana bill a few years ago was passed despite having gone beyond the committee deadline.

"I think we need more than an informational hearing. We need action this year, and there is time," he said.

"When there is consensus and will to make something happen, there is a procedural basis to make something happen, as well.”

Next Up

pixabay-fire-truck-side-close

Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.

snow plow msp airport

MSP snowplow drivers reach contract agreement after threatening strike

Teamsters Local 320 reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission Saturday.

Kellen Moore

What you should know about the Vikings' head coach candidates

Seven candidates were revealed on Saturday morning.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_1119 (2)

What is the next Minnesota Vikings GM inheriting?

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' roster and situation

ambulance

Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 7.48.35 AM

Man gets 10 years for fatal pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots

The incident, which took place during riots in May 2020,  resulted in one man's death.

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Election officials dismiss conservative group's complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The group alleged that she used campaign funds on her future husband's consulting firm.

Screen Shot 2022-01-15 at 9.53.04 AM

Reports: 6 names surface in Vikings' search for new head coach

Six names have surfaced Saturday in the Minnesota Vikings' hunt for a new head coach.

Related

Proposing gun control bills, GOP lawmakers say they don't care if they get voted out

Republicans and Democrats joined to propose 2 gun control bills on Monday.

2 gun control bills fail at the Minnesota Capitol, as Republican majority proves too strong

The bills would have expanded background checks and allow families to prohibit a loved one from possessing a gun.

Calls for gun control mark first day of new legislative session

The new House leader says the DFL will be proposing 2 gun safety bills.

Lawmaker nears end of 24-hour gun control sit-in protest

Rep. Erin Maye Quade is critical of the inactivity in the Minnesota Legislature.

Over 1,000 attend gun rights rally at MN Capitol

The event was sponsored by groups including Minnesota Gun Rights.

Students plan national walkout in protest over lack of action on guns

Two protests are being planned over the next two months.