Rep. Michael Paymar
A Minnesota legislator who has taken a visible role in public safety and gun issues says he won’t run for a 10th term in the 2014 election. State Rep. Michael Paymar announced Wednesday he will leave the Legislature after his current term expires.
The 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.
This week is the deciding one for a bill to create universal background checks for gun sales in Minnesota.
A bill supporting universal background checks for Minnesota gun purchases is in trouble at the Capitol — despite a new poll showing overwhelming statewide support.
The first firearms bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session would make it harder for convicted felons who’ve served their time to regain the right to own a gun.