Jacob Frey urges crackdown on guns after Soundbar shooting that injured Vikings player

Categories: Guns, Minneapolis
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New Viking Joseph (top right) was grazed by a bullet in the leg and isn't expected to miss significant time.
Just before bar close Saturday morning, shots rang out at the 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis. Nine people were injured, including Linval Joseph, a defensive lineman the Vikings signed to a five-year, $31.5 million contract during the offseason. All are expected to survive.

Police say they believe the shooter was targeting a specific person, but no arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us.

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A few hours later, Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey responded by decrying gun violence in this Facebook post:
I woke up this morning to learn that last night gunshots were fired in Sound Bar injuring 9 (3 seriously hurt). While we will be closing Sound Bar indefinitely to investigate and conduct a licensing review and plan, this attacks just part of the problem. The big issue is gun violence, and the ease in purchasing a firearm.

There is no reason we should not have extensive background checks before purchasing a gun, no need to be able to purchase guns every month with no waiting period, no need for semi automatic weapons on our streets, and no need to be able to unload a magazine clip of 30 plus rounds before reloading. I'm not talking about outlawing your father's hunting rifle (although I'm no hunter myself). I am talking about getting unchecked, people-killing weapons off the street and out of the clubs before more of this garbage happens.
Reached for comment yesterday, Frey acknowledged that most legislative measures to crack down on gun violence "would be at the federal or state level," but said, "The impetus to see movement on this issue has got to come from the major cities... The cities, I believe, have to call out the lack of reason on the other side's arguments."

Beyond lobbying, Frey said cities "can push gun shops, auctions, and dealers to do the right thing voluntarily, above and beyond the statutory requirements."

"There is no good argument that I have heard yet against conducting background checks on an individual that wants to purchase a gun," Frey told us. "To take it a step further in my mind, there's no reason that someone should have the ability to fire off 30 rounds before they need to reload. If you're hunting deer and you miss the first 29 times, you stink at hunting."

From a legal standpoint, Frey said the city was able to immediately close Soundbar, which is in his ward, thanks to language in city ordinance that gives officials authority to close a business "for the public health and welfare."

Asked whether he'd had any reason to believe something like this could happen at the club, Frey said, "I mean, the shooting itself was, I don't want to say out of nowhere... [but] shootings downtown are not the norm."

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