Legalized Silencers, Other Gun Measures Head To House FloorA handful of gun bills are ready for a final vote. The Minnesota House was expected to take up bills Thursday that would legalize gun silencers and remove a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds. Other measures were also set for a vote.
Minn. Senate Passes Stripped-Down Gun BillThe Minnesota Senate has approved scaled-back revisions to state gun laws that do not include an expansion of background checks for gun purchases. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday on a 58-9 vote.
Scaled-Back Gun Bill Headed For Minn. Senate VoteA significantly scaled back bill to revise Minnesota's gun laws is headed for a vote in the state Senate, with the blessing of a vocal gun-rights group. The proposal was revised Tuesday to remove language that could be construed as expanded background checks or limitations on lawful gun transactions.
House DFLer Blasts Speaker For Dropping Gun BillThe DFL state representative who pushed expanded background checks for Minnesota gun buyers said Thursday that he's angry with his fellow Democrat, House Speaker Paul Thissen, for shelving the bill this year.
Senate Panel OKs Gun Bill With Background ChecksA Senate panel has passed a bill that would impose background checks on all gun sales, but that measure has many obstacles to tackle before becoming law in Minnesota.
'Shoot First' Bill Facing Opposition From MN Police ChiefsMinnesota police and prosecutors are stepping up their opposition to a bill in the Legislature that would expand people's rights to use deadly force to defend themselves.

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