Previous research has shown that states with lax gun laws tend to have higher rates of homicides and suicides involving firearms.
While House DFLers are eager to act on gun legislation, Senate Republicans are not persuaded that changes to state law are needed, a position that also applies to a series of other DFL priorities.
Walz has stuck with a message that he used in the DFL primary: that it will take someone like him — someone who owns guns and knows gun culture — to work with people on both sides of the issue to find compromises on gun control.
In a different study, researchers recently found that larger-caliber firearms are much more likely to kill a shooting victim than smaller-caliber ones.
Advocates for gun safety have notched a few wins from statehouses to the nation’s Capitol, but major policy changes have been stymied in Washington.
“As a member of the minority and not a member of the public safety committee, there’s not a lot I can do, but I can do this,” said Maye Quade, a first-term representative from Apple Valley.
The size and sustained momentum of gun-control efforts in the wake of the Parkland massacre have surprised some. But can that sense of urgency survive until the election?
This session of the Minnesota Legislature has already been one of the busiest in recent memory, with a flurry of bills on several high-profile — and unexpected — issues taking center stage.
Led by teenagers, a 20,000-strong gun control coalition gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the Minnesota version of March for Our Lives.
Strong firearm laws also have a surprising impact on gun-related deaths in counties in neighboring states, the study reports.
“This is a tipping point, I think,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
As legislators swore their pledge of allegiance, the shouts of protesters calling for tougher gun regulations could be heard through the chambers’ thick wooden doors.
Walz’s ability to appeal to progressives while still winning in a rural district was seen as a formula for statewide success. But that calculus has gotten more complicated.
Just a few years ago, Democrats were reliable critics of the government’s terror watchlists. Now they want to make them a key part of their gun-control push.
They’re vowing to hold up legislative business on the House floor until Republican leadership agrees to put gun control bills to a vote.
Democrats’ gun bills have almost zero chance of even coming up for consideration in a Republican-controlled Senate, but for backers of the effort, it’s not just about passing a bill.
Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in 2011, is in town for an invitation-only roundtable discussion.
Because of shootings like that of my sister, James Brady and the many others that have occurred since, I urge Americans to get involved and make a loud noise to get Congress to do the right thing.
The National Rifle Association recants its lobbying arm’s criticism of grass-roots gun activists who carry rifles into restaurants. Open Carry Texas applauds the NRA for its ‘clarification.’
A Minnesota bill to prevent domestic abusers from possessing guns, and confiscate them if necessary, is drawing wide — and unusual — support.