Minnesota lawmakers propose gun control legislation [VIDEO]

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The new law would make it illegal for felons to carry aummunition.
Two DFL legislators proposed a new bill this morning that would tighten Minnesota's gun laws for convicted felons and the mentally ill, including barring firearms from those convicted of felony-level domestic assault and making it illegal for felons to carry ammunition.

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Coming in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Sen. Ron Latz, Rep. John Lesch, and Hennepin County Attorney Micheal Freeman laid out the proposal at a capitol press conference, billing it as a "common sense" legislation.

"People need to know that their legislators and their elected officials are doing things to keep them safe," said Lesch. "And in this case, when there are far too many examples across the nation -- from Sandy Hook to Colorado and right here in Minnesota at Red Lake -- people need to know that their elected officials are responding to their concerns."

Under the new law, minors caught with guns could face harsher penalties, and repeat juvenile offenders could be prosecuted as adults. The bill would also allow law enforcement to crack down on people helping criminals access to guns, and clarify Minnesota's murky gun law for the mentally ill, prohibiting anyone who has been civilly committed from owning a firearm.

Watch footage of Lesch explaining the bill here:


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tony_animal1
tony_animal1

These 3 men have official committed felony treason to the Constitution and have illegally infringed on the 2nd ammendment of The Bill of Rights. I guess its time to call for their arrests.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Gun control laws aren't going to work as long as we have more guns than people in the US.  But we have to do something.  If guns weren't so easy to get, we wouldn't have all these incidents of arguments escalating to gunplay.  Guns wouldn't be so prevalent in domestic violence.  Kids wouldn't shoot themselves and each other with guns.  Nobody needs high-capacity magazines.  Very few people need handguns.  Long rifles and shotguns, which can be used for hunting, aren't the guns used in all the crimes and massacres we hear about.  Other countries have plenty of violence, but it's far less deadly, because not every hothead has a semi-automatic pistol and 50 rounds within reach.  We need to drain the swamp of guns, and then gun laws will work as they are supposed to, where only responsible owners and professional criminals will have them.  They aren't the ones causing the casual mayhem we face.

BDA24
BDA24

This is NY style gun control law, it is not what they are making it out to be, period.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Lisha, using that 'logic', we should legalize cocaine, meth and heroin, since the criminals that sell and use them aren't obeying the laws that ban them.

Lisha Ginn
Lisha Ginn

LMAO..... laws for felons that don't obey laws!!! AWESOME!

keny1
keny1

@swmnguy And what is your definition of a "responsible" gun owner?  You mean like Ms. Lanza, who had no criminal record nor any mental issues?   Apparently she was a responsible gun owner.  Yet, her nut-job son stole her weapons, killed her and then went on his rampage.  So there goes your argument....again.  Gun laws do not work.  Yes, they may work in island nations such as Japan and Australia, but Japan and Australia do not share a border with Mexico, where drugs, guns, and illegal immigrants flow through on an hourly basis.  THAT is the real problem.  Even if the U.S. banned guns entirely, do you honestly think that the gun problem will just magically disappear?  Only a fool would think so.    

keny1
keny1

@swmnguy 90% of the gun deaths in the U.S. are caused by gangs or by those those obtained their guns illegally.  So therefore, as you stated, stricter gun laws will not work because criminals do not abide by the law.  The only solution to gun violence is an outright ban on all guns (including hunting rifles) as well as shutting down all gun manufacturers worldwide.  Good luck with that one. 

kathimaloneyk
kathimaloneyk

@Lisha Ginn We need to do something. It is a small step, but hopefully will help the problem. Lawmakers can't just sit back and do nothing.  Let's have a safer world for our children. 


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