Round Two of Gun Hearings in St. Paul

By KBJR News 1

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Round two of Minnesota gun control hearings are underway this week, this time in the Senate.

Nearly 10 bills are being heard during the two-day hearing which is focusing on beefing up background checks and closing potential loopholes.

The discussions are a departure from the house hearings a couple of weeks ago which put a heavy emphasis on a proposal to ban assault weapons.

Gun control opponents claim many of the proposals on the table are an infringement of their second amendment right to bear arms.

Hundreds of people, mostly members of the NRA and the Minnesota Gun Owner Civil Rights Alliance, converged on the Capitol and started lining up hours ahead of time.

"I don't ever anticipate having to use my gun for self-defense, but if I have to, I don't think it's out of line for me to expect to have the same kind of capability that law enforcement does," said Corey Birkemeyer of Plymouth.

"What we have now is an incomplete patchwork of a background check system, and some of these bills are aimed particularly at that, keeping guns out of the wrong hands," said Heather Martens with Protect Minnesota.

Representative David Dill says there is meaningful legislation that is likely to pass, but not the way the bills are currently written.

More testimony will be heard Thursday night and again Friday.

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