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Minnesota needs Background Checks on all gun sales

In Minnesota, background checks are not required for sales by unlicensed sellers.

This means that firearms – including those sold through internet sites like Armslist – can easily end up in the hands of people with felony convictions, domestic abusers, and other people prohibited from having guns. Fortunately, two proposals pending in the Minnesota legislature – HF 8 and SF 434 – would close this loophole.


Minnesotans overwhelmingly support background checks.

Enacting a law to close this loophole has overwhelming public support: polling conducted by The Star Tribune in 2018 found that 9 in 10 Minnesotans support criminal background checks on all gun sales.


HF 8 and SF 434 would close the background check loophole by requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales in Minnesota.

We know that requiring background checks on all gun sales is associated with reduced rate of gun homicides, suicide and trafficking. Minnesota already has a problem with gun sales conducted without a background check. In 2018 alone, an investigation from Everytown for Gun Safety discovered 28,818 online posts of firearms for sale in Minnesota that did not require a background check.

Learn more about the efforts to pass a background checks bill in Minnesota and take action:

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