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Session's first gun bill introduced in Minn. Senate

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The legislative session's first gun bill was introduced in the Minnesota Senate Thursday.

MPR reports the legislation would prevent some convicted felons from owning firearms after they've served their sentence. The measure targets those who have used guns to commit violent crimes.

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a former county sheriff, tells MPR that he doesn't think the bill will be effective and would rather the session focus on mental health issues.

In North Dakota, proposed legislation aims to thwart any federal regulations on guns. One of several gun bills would forbid a state government entity, such as a county sheriff, from assisting a federal agency in the investigation, enforcement and prosecution of a federal firearms law that was not in effect as of Jan. 1.

Anyone violating the proposed law would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor, fired, stripped of any license or certificates used in the profession and would not be able to hold a public office or public employment for a period of five years after the conviction.

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