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Bill Allowing Gun Silencers Gathering Support At MN Capitol

A bill that would allow silencers on guns is gaining support at the State Capitol. Currently, the devices are banned in Minnesota, but the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee passed a measure legalizing them.

03/13/2015

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Legal Silencers, Other Expansions Stir Gun Debate Again

The prospect of legalizing silencers and removing disclosure to bring a firearm onto state Capitol grounds is heating up gun debate in Minnesota again. Gun rights advocates and gun control backers packed into a hearing room Thursday to testify on measures to expand firearm laws.

03/12/2015

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Gun Debate Primed To Heat Up Again At Legislature

Call it Gun Day at the Minnesota Legislature. A House panel is planning to discuss a handful of firearm-related proposals Thursday.

03/09/2015

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Report Shows Gun Permits Down 30 Percent In 2014

Minnesota issued 30 percent fewer permits to carry firearms in 2014 than in 2013, reversing an upward trend.

03/02/2015

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Gun Used To Shoot New Hope Officers Was Once In Police Custody

WCCO investigates how a gun once in police custody was used to hurt two officers. The shooting happened last month at New Hope City Hall, and the man responsible wasn’t even allowed to own guns.

02/24/2015

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Man Accused Of Acquiring Guns For New Hope Police Shooter Released

The man arrested for helping a mentally unstable man get a gun is now out of jail. Michael Garant, 42, is accused of purchasing three shotguns and illegally giving them to Raymond Kmetz — who used one of the guns to shoot two police officers inside New Hope City Hall Monday night.

01/31/2015

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Veteran Minnesota State Trooper Is New Chief House Sergeant

A Minnesota State Patrol veteran is taking over duties as the chief House sergeant-at-arms. Bob Meyerson just retired as a major in the state trooper but is coming aboard as chief House sergeant.

01/29/2015

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Man Brings Gun To Gov. Walker Rally, Didn’t See Sign

A Wisconsin man isn’t happy about being forced to leave his gun outside during a rally for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Forty-six-year-old Jay Brendemuehl of Pardeeville showed up at the rally at a Sun Prairie equipment business on Monday with a pistol plainly strapped to his side.

11/03/2014

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22-Year-Old Woman Charged In Shootout

A 22-year-old woman accused of exchanging gunfire with sheriff’s deputies in northwestern Wisconsin is facing four felony charges.

11/03/2014

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Reality Check: Guns And 8th District Candidates

The hotly contested 8th Congressional District campaign took another turn this week, over guns. The National Rifle Association is pouring nearly $750,000 into a negative ad which mocks incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan. The ad features an actor in a suit and a goofy hat, posing for election-year photos. “Nolan doesn’t get basic gun safety, and doesn’t know how many shells go in a duck gun,” the ad says.

10/30/2014

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Ex-Rep. Giffords Discusses Gun Violence In Minneapolis

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visited Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Giffords was meeting privately with Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and domestic violence prevention advocates.

10/20/2014

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Interview: Rep. Rick Nolan Discusses Money In Politics, ISIS & Guns

new poll suggests there could be an upset brewing in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. A KSTP/ SurveyUSA poll found that Republican Stewart Mills is leading incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan 47 percent to 39 percent, with 11 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.

10/19/2014

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8th District Candidates Debate Guns, Taxes And Mining

In the first debate in Minnesota’s hotly contested 8th Congressional District, the candidates talked guns, taxes, and mining.

10/07/2014

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Wis.’s Castle Doctrine Doesn’t Apply Outside Dwelling

A state appeals court has ruled that Wisconsin’s castle doctrine law doesn’t apply outside a dwelling.

10/01/2014

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Fatal N. Mpls. Shooting Could Be Ruled Self Defense

A deadly shooting in Minneapolis committed by a 21-year-old man who had a permit to carry could be ruled a justified case of self-defense.

09/24/2014

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Minneapolis Police Calibrate ‘Shot Spotter’ System

Minneapolis Police are calibrating their Shot Spotter system Thursday night with the most effective technique – firing real guns. Police says they will test the system between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. by firing guns into bullet traps at several different sites throughout the city.

09/18/2014

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Robbery Spree Plagues South Minneapolis

In the past two and half weeks, a rash of robberies have plagued three south Minneapolis neighborhoods. There have been 17 robberies total, half of which happened in the early morning hours. The rest occurred after 6 p.m.

08/21/2014

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Off-Duty Officers May Bring Guns To Vikings Games

A Hennepin County court has struck down an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from bringing their firearms to Vikings games. Two police organizations challenged the rule, arguing that NFL policy cannot trump state law.

08/14/2014

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Extra Officers Walk North Minneapolis Streets

A day after gunfire claimed another life in north Minneapolis, police are making their presence known. Officers are out of their cars and walking the beat, interacting with people in the latest effort to stop the violence.

07/25/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty In Straw Gun-Buying Scheme

A Robbinsdale man has pleaded guilty in what federal authorities call a scheme to have straw purchasers buy guns for people who are barred from having them. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 21-year-old Keniko Bland pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of illegally receiving a firearm by a person under indictment. Bland was indicted along with four co-defendants in May.

07/18/2014

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Man, 24, Charged In Connection With N. Mpls. Shooting

A Minneapolis man has been charged with second degree murder and attempted second degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis that occurred over Fourth of July weekend, according to Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman. Marco Anthony Gresham, 24, was charged with one count second degree murder in the death of Francesca Desandre and one count of attempted second degree murder in the shooting of another woman.

07/10/2014

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After A Violent Weekend, Mpls. Community Members Ask For More To Be Done

Two families are now planning funerals after a violent weekend in Minneapolis, while others are questioning whether enough is being done to prevent crime. “It’s something that needs to stop as soon as possible,” community and peace activist K.G. Wilson, from North Minneapolis, said. Two separate shootings in North Minneapolis over the holiday weekend left one woman and one man dead.

07/06/2014

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Target ‘Respectfully Requests’ Guests Not To Bring Firearms Into Stores

Target interim CEO John Mulligan is addressing the recent controversy surrounding its gun policy. Starting Wednesday, Mulligan says the corporation will respectfully request that guests not bring firearms into Target stores. This includes communities where it is permitted by law.

07/02/2014

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Mom Group Protests Target’s Gun Policy

Several protests are happening right now across the country outside Target stores. A group of moms is calling for the retail giant to ban open carry of guns in its nearly 1,800 stores nationwide.

06/11/2014

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ATF Rounds Up Gang Members And Alleged Gun Buyers

Convicted felons lose their rights to purchase firearms legally. That’s why they will often turn to “straw buyers” to do it for them.

05/15/2014

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