A bill moving through the State Capitol would prevent cities and police departments from disarming officers, on or off-duty.

It’s been proposed by Representative Matt Grossell, a former police officer who was shot in the line of duty. He says it’s a common-sense bill and, “I want to make sure my brothers and sisters on the front lines in law enforcement have all the tools they need to do their job and protect the public.”

It’s a measure supported by Republican Representative Jim Newberger, who said, “I am very grateful that there was an off-duty who was shopping in St. Cloud a few years back when we had a terror attack and an individual was running through the mall with a knife and stabbing people. God knows what kind of damage would have happened had that officer not intervened and stopped that situation because he was armed.”

The proposal comes after state Representative and former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Ray Dehn suggested last summer that officers should not carry guns.