After seven hours of debate, the Minnesota House passed a controversial gun measure in a public safety bill early this morning(Tues) 70-64. This sets up a battle with Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate. House Speaker Melissa Hortman says:
“We are bringing this to negotiations and I intend to fight for these provisions until the very last minute of the very last day.”
Those provisions are a “red flag” law to take firearms away from people who are a danger to themselves or others, and background checks on gun sales. Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says:
“It’s a non-starter for the Senate.”
But because the House passed the gun measures, they’ll likely be in end-of-session negotiations. Three weeks remain in the legislative session.