The DFL-controlled Minnesota House Thursday night passed a bill to expand background checks on gun sales, over objections of Republicans plus five Greater Minnesota Democrats who also voted “no”. Greenfield Republican Jerry Hertaus warned colleagues, “Gun transfers in this bill *is* the camel’s nose under the tent, because it’s really a back door to gun registration system. That’s the truth of it all.” But Saint Peter Democrat Jeff Brand says, “I’m a proud gun owner myself, and I don’t feel that this actually infringes upon my gun rights.”
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt warns the bill infringes on law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, but does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. “I’m sorry, Democrats: You are failing the people in your cities who are worried about violent gun crime,” Daudt says. Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler responds, “We can confidently vote ‘yes’ on this bill. It represents the majority opinion of the state: 80 to 90 percent of Minnesotans want us to have universal background checks.”
The bill has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.