There’s a push by Democrats at the State Capitol for stricter background checks to buy a gun.
Senator Ron Latz said only about 60-percent of guns are purchased through federally licensed firearms dealers, and adds, “If you want to get on an airplane you’ve got to go through security, right? Would you feel comfortable getting on the airplane if you knew 40% of the passengers had a separate lane where they weren’t going to be screened with metal detectors?”
Gun rights advocates argue that there’s no reason to assume stricter background checks would stop school shootings.
But Minnesota Republicans aren’t saying whether a bill requiring criminal background checks on gun purchasers will get a hearing in the Minnesota House. Democrat Dave Pinto asked Public Safety Committee Chairman, Republican Brian Johnson from Cambridge, “Wondering, Mr. Chair, if you would commit to having a hearing to hear the bill on criminal background checks.”
He responded simply, “We will take your request under consideration.”
Pinto then asked Republican Joe Schomacker whether his Health and Human Services Committee will take up a bill on gun violence protection orders.
His reply, “No commitments today, but we are reviewing a series of different issues that we’ll be considering during the legislative session this year.”
President Trump continues to advocate for letting some qualified teachers carry guns to school to deter potential school shooters. Nancy Nord Bence with Protect Minnesota said we already ask enough of teachers, “So, we’re going to expect some overworked social worker or some person who’s really really great at teaching a kindergartner to read, to also be really great at using a handgun to stop an A-R 15?”
The president said teachers should be able to defend themselves and fire back.