ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) – As the end of lawmaking session is now less than a week a way, lawmakers failed to agree on two major gun law bills Tuesday.
The first proposal would expand background checks for firearm transfers. The idea would be that a non licensed seller would require a permit and background check from a buyer before selling that firearm.
The second proposal a so called “red flag law” that would allow police to temporarily take guns away from people judged to be dangerous.
Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL-St. Paul) who authored the firearm transfers provisions says “criminal background checks on all sales is proven policy that is in use in more than 20 states.”
“We can do more to keep guns out of the hands of people who have proven themselves to be dangerous and at the same time uphold the right to those many many responsible law abiding gun owners,” said Pinto.
“In our nation’s history when prohibition has not led to the elimination of the prohibited substance only a shift from the supplier, the demand still remained the same,” says Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus Political Director Rob Doar. “Minnesota violent crime rates has dropped 50% over the last 25 years while gun ownership permits to carry has sky rocketed.”
The 5 to 5 split decision in the conference committee means neither bill won approval. While the bills failed Tuesday there still is a chance either could come back attached to other legislation.