Proposed Minnesota Gun Legislation Aims to Close Loopholes

By KBJR News 1

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Two Minnesota DFL lawmakers are pushing legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of violent offenders.

The bill, introduced by Senator Ron Latz (DFL - St. Louis Park) and Representative John Lesch (DFL- St. Paul), is made up of five key points aiming to tighten the state's gun laws.

The lawmakers, along with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, say it's a collaborative effort to keep guns away from convicted criminals, children and those whom a court has ordered civilly committed.

Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL - Duluth) says it's just one piece of a larger discussion at the Capitol.

"I'm interested to see how this conversation goes," the Senator said. "I think there will be more, I know there will be more proposals some of which I maybe can support some of which I'm probably not going to be able to support, but the conversation is happening and I think for those families that have been touched personally by gun violence that's what they want to know that at least there isn't this hard wall that we can never discuss gun issues in the Minnesota Legislature.

More gun control legislation is set to be introduced next week during a three day hearing on gun laws at the Capitol.

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