Minn House OKs more protection for victims of domestic violence

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Minn House OKs more protection for victims of domestic violence

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 4:46 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A bill allowing authorities to remove firearms from people with restraining orders and convicted of domestic abuse is closer to becoming law.

A bill allowing authorities to remove firearms from people with restraining orders and convicted of domestic abuse is closer to becoming law.

The Minnesota House approved the legislation Wednesday offering additional protection to victims of domestic abuse.

The bill, authored by Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL-St. Paul Park), received bipartisan support and passed 111-15

“We've worked very hard with both sides to get a final product that has not caused great strife,” Rep. Schoen said. “With the help of lawmakers like Rep. Tony Cornish [Republican from Good Thunder, Minn.], we produced a bill that will both offer important additional protection to the victims of domestic abuse while still protecting the rights protected by the Second Amendment.”

Statistics shows that a firearm present during a domestic dispute makes that situation six times more likely to result in a homicide.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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