St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A bill introduced in the Minnesota House today would require universal background checks for those who purchase guns.
The background checks would apply to all purchases of pistols and semi-automatic rifles, with the exception of those sold to or given to relatives of the gun owner.
"The majority of Minnesotans support background checks," said the bill's author, Rep. Michael Paymar. "Majority of law enforcement support background checks, and we're just hoping we can convince our colleagues in both houses to support this bill."
The bill would not include a ban on assault weapon sales or limit the size of ammunition clips for firearms.
The Senate version of the bill will also steer clear of the controversial assault rifle ban.