Gun Law Changes to Take Center Stage in St. Paul

By KBJR News 1

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Potential changes to Minnesota's gun laws will take center stage in February in St. Paul.

Lawmakers will introduce legislation during a three day public hearing next week at the state capitol.

Representative Michael Paymar (DFL - St. Paul), who heads the Public Safety Committee, says during those hearings lawmakers will present their bills, experts will deliver testimony and the public will get a chance to weigh-in.

Some of the legislation in the works includes a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and a bill that would allow teachers to carry firearms on school grounds.

Representative Paymar says the hearings will pave the way for a gun violence prevention bill that he hopes the entire legislative body will act on.

"We can't just simply throw up our arms and say there are 300 million guns in the US, and we're never going to stop people from shooting or killing, and that these laws are ineffective. I would beg to differ," Rep. Paymar said. "I think that it's a complex issue but we need a comprehensive approach."

Some of the testimony will come from law enforcement, as well as a researcher at the University of Minnesota, who will talk about how background checks work.

Rep. Paymar says he wants the hearings and bill formation process to be a fair one.

Hearing Schedule

Tuesday, February 5th
10 a.m. - Bills related to Gun Violence Prevention Act
6 p.m. - Public Testimony

Wednesday, February 6th
10 a.m. - Bills related to Gun Violence Prevention Act
6 p.m. - Public Testimony

Thursday, February 7th
10 a.m. - Bills related to Gun Violence Prevention Act
6 p.m. - Public Testimony

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