Groups pushing for background checks on all gun sales plus other measures ramp up lobbying and demonstrations at the Minnesota Capitol with only three days left in the legislative session — but Republicans and some rural Democrats remain strongly opposed. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says lawmakers are focusing on school security and mental health counselors. “That was where I thought that we had the ability for us all to agree,” he says. “I think that’s still the case. We all still agree on that.”
Gazelka says lawmakers have different views on whether the state should have more gun laws, and doesn’t want to link that to funding for school security. Governor Mark Dayton says change will have to come at the ballot box this fall.
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