MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gun control advocates are criticizing a vote by a powerful House committee Tuesday that essentially killed two gun safety measures in the state.

The House Public Safety Committee voted down attempts to resurrect two bills: one requiring universal background checks and another giving police more power to remove weapons from people who are mentally ill and dangerous.

“To work in a church nursery in this state, as a pastor I know this, every single church is giving church volunteers background checks! So why wouldn’t we want gun owners to have background checks?” said The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, of Protect Minnesota. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

This week is the deadline at the Capitol for bills to get a vote in order to pass this year, putting any gun safety bills in jeopardy.

Comments (3)
  1. Flex Kay says:

    When, oh when, are we finally going to look in the mirror and realize that inanimate objects like guns are not to blame for our problems?? Just as around 90 years ago, society blamed something other than itself for it’s problems, and look at how that turned out. And now it’s happening all over again. Jeezuz people, look in a mirror. You can legislate guns from here to kingdom come and it won’t do you one damn bit of good. Guns aren’t the problem, WE are, get that through your thick skulls.

  2. Gun safety? No, gun control. Universal background checks will never work. The information about a person’s mental health history is private information. Unless you’ve been through the court system and they know of your history, it’s private.

  3. Armed guard in FL does nothing, police and FBI are warned over and over again about the kid 17 kids are killed. Armed guard in Main does his job, only the person with the gun is killed. So what works..?

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