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Tougher laws sought for sale of handguns

A bill aimed at closing a loophole in the sale of handguns will soon be introduced in the Legislature, says WCCO-TV's Maya Nishikawa.

Under current law, to buy a pistol or assault weapon in Minnesota from a licensed dealer, you need a permit and background check. But you can skip those checks if you buy from a private seller at such places as gun shows, garage sales or on the Internet.

State Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, wants to plug that loophole, requiring everyone, including private parties, to sell these types of weapons through a licensed firearms dealer.

"It's a fairly simple process so we're trying to weed out dangerous people who should not be possessing those kinds of weapons,"  Paymar said.

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