The Republican leader of the Minnesota Senate says he’s “definitely open” to addressing mental health issues as a way to reduce gun violence, but a proposed “red flag” law is not the way to go. Senator Paul Gazelka says current law already takes guns away from someone when they’re put on a 72-hour mental health hold or civilly committed:

“Problem is we’re not doing I think a good enough job identifying people that are in that place…. We have to get better at identifying folks and making sure that they’re the ones that don’t have the gun.”

“He’s deflecting the real issue.”

…says Democratic state Senator Ron Latz, who argues proposed “red flag” laws include “a lot more due process” to protect people’s rights.   And Latz says background checks will keep guns away from those with violent criminal histories who are trying to get around existing laws.