The group Moms Demand Action are at the State Capitol on this first day of session, calling on lawmakers to consider gun reforms. The group’s Erin Zamoff says the movement for gun violence prevention is growing after several high-profile mass school shootings and says “we were living in Virginia when the Virginia Tech shootings happened and I was so upset, and then Sandy Hook, I was horrified, and now I’m frankly outraged–we’re just done–it’s been enough.” Zamoff adds that “a lot of people don’t understand that in Minnesota right now — we don’t have background checks on all gun sales, so Internet sales, gun shows, sales between unlicensed people–have no background check whatsoever and that’s pretty outrageous.” Zamoff says she’s asking for stricter background checks and “red flag” laws to temporarily prohibit people who are a danger to themselves or others from having access to firearms. Chris Dorr with Gun Rights Minnesota says, however, stricter background checks will not improve public safety. And he says the pro-gun lobby will hold lawmakers who pass reform legislation accountable at election time.
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