Universal Background Checks For Gun Purchases Not Expected In Minnesota

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 8:11 am

The House Democrat pushing for broader restrictions to Minnesota gun laws has abandoned his plan that would have imposed universal background checks for firearm sales.

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Michael Paymar of St. Paul is switching to a plan that would expand background checks to sales at gun shows but not to private sales and transfers.

Paymar told the AP that he also plans to include many provisions from the alternate package of less-restrictive gun measures that would tighten the state’s current background check system, add to the parameters of who cannot legally own a gun and help county attorneys crack down on illegal gun owners.

That bill was introduced earlier this month and is backed by the National Rifle Association. Republicans and gun rights advocates say expanding background checks to gun show sales is a plan that won’t actually curtail any violent crime.

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