Minnesota lawmaker stages sit-in over inaction on guns

Published 8:13 am Thursday, April 26, 2018

ST. PAUL — Hoping to pressure colleagues to vote on gun-control legislation that has stalled in the Minnesota Legislature, a first-term lawmaker staged a 24-hour sit-in inside the House chamber, rising occasionally to read stories of people killed by gun violence.

Rep. Erin May Quade, a Democrat, ended her sit-in on Wednesday to the cheers of supporters. She vowed that the movement against gun violence will “continue, and it’ll continue to grow stronger” if Republicans who control both the House and Senate don’t allow votes on the bills.

Democrats and a handful of suburban Minneapolis Republican are calling for stronger background checks for gun buyers and so-called “red flag” laws, which give families and police a legal path to temporarily remove guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others.

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