Minnesota lawmakers are recommending far-reaching updates to State Capitol security, but they are stopping short of banning guns inside the Capitol and surrounding buildings. Minnesota is one of only 14 states to allow legal permit holders to carry guns inside the Capitol building. Permit holders are allowed to carry in the Capitol and surrounding buildings if they notify the State Department of Public Safety of their intention.
The gun control debate is not only at the State Capitol Wednesday, it’s about the State Capitol. A meeting about Capitol security started about late Wednesday morning in St. Paul, and a group of gun owners made a dramatic appearance.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that the Florida case involving Trayvon Martin’s death in a scuffle with a neighborhood watch volunteer has stiffened his opposition to efforts to expand cases where lethal force is presumed legitimate.
It’s the first day of July, and that means new laws are taking effect in Minnesota. Several of them make changes to funding for state programs. Education funding gets a boost and will now include paying for all-day Kindergarten and a tuition freeze for state schools.
Nine-year-old Devin Aryal loved soccer. His mother, Missy Aryal, wears the medals he won. “We were inseparable. He always told me that we were super glued unless we were working or at school. And nothing could ever break the super glue,” Aryal said. But in February, Aryal and her son were shot on their drive home from daycare. She remembers hearing pops as she was about to turn at this intersection.
The Minnesota Legislature won’t be voting on tougher gun laws after all.
A Minnesota House committee will vote Thursday night on a watered down version of a gun bill that includes background checks for gun show sales. It’s far less than gun safety advocates had hoped, but the pull-back from tougher gun laws is not uncommon.
Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won’t pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state’s gun laws.
Just weeks after a school massacre shocked the nation, the president of the United States called for the most sweeping new gun laws in a generation.
By Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden will present his recommendations to curb gun violence to the president.
Days after the tragedy of the elementary school shootings in Connecticut, the Governor of Minnesota says there’s not much the state can do to regulate weapons.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill that expands the rights of people to defend themselves if they feel they are in imminent danger.