Scaled-Back Gun Bill Gets Bi-Partisan Approval in Senate

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Scaled-Back Gun Bill Gets Bi-Partisan Approval in Senate

May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Legislation that includes a scaled-back gun bill received bi-partisan approval by the Minnesota Senate Thursday.

The bill's author, Senator Ron Latz (DFL-District 46), said the legislation fills gaps in current data gathering involved in background checks.

It also speeds up fingerprint and records processing.

Senator Latz said he believes these investments will be beneficial in the state's attempt to reduce gun violence.

"We have been successful in threading the political needle on the reducing gun violence issue by finding the funding and the language to fill in the gaps in the background check database, particularly to include the mental health and civil commitment data. I am very proud and really excited that we got that through," said Sen. Latz.

Once passed on the House floor, it will be delivered to Governor Dayton's desk for his signature.

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