Governor Mark Dayton says he’ll present his plan early next week on increasing school security against gun violence, and state assistance will be a “top priority” if the budget allows it. And what about President Trump’s plan to have trained armed teachers in classrooms? Dayton says, “It’s his [Trump’s] argument for having people in the school who have connections with the students and care and concern…. I mean, that’s a valid point. But does that overweigh other considerations? Again, I’m not taking a position on that question.”
Dayton continues pushing to eliminate what he calls loopholes in background checks on gun purchases, including gun shows and private sales — but he’ll likely see stiff resistance from the GOP-controlled legislature.