MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shift in the balance of power at the state Capitol has boosted the odds of lawmakers passing bills to reduce gun violence.

The Democratic takeover of the Minnesota House includes many freshmen who support tougher gun laws.

The Senate, where the GOP maintains a one-vote majority, remains a question mark. But the chamber’s top Republican, Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, has signaled some openness to discussing gun proposals that got blocked in previous sessions.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization backed many of the Democrats who flipped Republican seats. Its affiliate, Moms Demand Action, and an allied group, Protect Minnesota, plan a big lobbying push starting on the first day of the session, when they’ll kick off their campaign with a rally at the Capitol.

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Comments (2)
  1. Jose Ortega says:

    The best gun control is to abolish the 2nd amendment and confiscate the guns. There is no reason why any American should own a gun. We are no longer a frontier society.No one has to hunt for their next meal. The only groups that should be permitted to carry guns is law enforcement officers, game and wildlife officers, the military, and holders of special use permits like ranchers who must protect their herds from predators, and farmers who must protect their crops from varmints. If hunters want to go into the field they can hunt with spears and knives just as our ancestors did 15,000 years ago.

  2. Kevin Ol says:

    Hey Jose, why don’t you talk to someone from Venezuela and see how well that worked for them, they are now just subjects not citizens of their country.

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