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MN House Committe Passes Background Check Bill

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 7:31 am

A Minnesota House panel has passed a bill that would require background checks for firearm sales at gun shows, but that measure may still get trimmed down before becoming Minnesota law.

The House Public Safety Committee endorsed legislation Thursday night on a 10-8 vote, with one Democrat, Rep. John Ward of Baxter, joining all Republicans to oppose the bill.

The Associated Press reports that the bill also includes provisions to improve information the state sends to a national background check database and help county attorneys crack down on illegal gun owners.

Gun discussions are expected to be on pause for weeks as legislators’ attention turns to the state budget.

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