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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement after a Minnesota House of Representatives committee voted to advance background check (HF 8) and Red Flag legislation (HF 9).
“These bills are backed by law enforcement leaders and by the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans, and after tonight, they’re one step closer to the governor’s desk,” said Erin Zamoff, volunteer chapter leader with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “As these bills move to the House floor, we’ll be reaching out to lawmakers to make sure they know how much support these bills have across the state and across party lines.”
The bills move next to the full Ways and Means committee before heading to the floor of the Minnesota House. Similar legislation (SF 434 and SF 436) has been introduced in the Minnesota Senate, but Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Chairman Warren Limmer has not committed to hearing either bill.
Polling conducted in 2018 by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune found that 9 in 10 Minnesotans support criminal background checks on all gun sales. Additional polling last year found 87 percent of Minnesotans support the concept of Red Flag laws.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs