A new poll finds a majority of Minnesotans favor tighter gun laws, yet a Mankato Democrat says the legislature is not addressing those concerns.
Among other things, the Star Tribune survey shows that 65 percent of women and 46 percent of men favored stricter gun control – yet Representative Jack Considine said, “We have not heard a single gun bill and the omnibus public safety bill is coming out – there is not a single gun bill in it.”
The poll found that 9 out of 10 Minnesota voters favor mandatory criminal background checks on all gun sales, including guns sold privately and at gun shows. That’s an overwhelming majority, but Considine said that’s also failed to come before legislators and, “We’ve not even dealt with things like background checks and my bump stock bill, which aren’t even gun bills.”
Gun control opinion was split along party lines; the poll finds almost nine in 10 Democrats backed new gun limits while 57 percent of Republicans opposed them.