Battle lines are again drawn at the State Capitol as Senate Republicans propose a number of measures they say will reduce gun violence in Minnesota — but reject House Democrats’ call for universal background checks and a “red flag” law. Governor Tim Walz says his hope is that lawmakers can “break some of the logjam”:

“I hear the stories, again, of a family…. Their father, through mental health issues in that case — and could be numerous things — ended up killing the mother and themselves. The family had been trying for six months to get the guns out of his hands and they are convinced, had we had red flag laws, it might work.”

Republicans propose stricter enforcement when a court has already ordered someone to surrender their firearms, and they say penalties should be increased for transferring a firearm to a known criminal.