Gun control measures fail

Published 7:09 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ST. PAUL — Minnesota House and Senate negotiators failed to agree on stronger gun control laws Tuesday, while Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders met once again to try to bridge the deep divisions on taxes and spending that are holding up a budget deal.

The meeting of the conference committee on the main public safety budget bill marked the first time this session that senators had a chance in an official forum to debate a pair of gun control proposals that passed the Democratic-controlled House but didn’t get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate. Both proposals failed on 5-5 party line votes, meaning they didn’t make it into the broader bill.

The proposals would have expanded background checks for firearms transfers and allowed police to obtain “extreme risk protection orders” to temporarily confiscate guns from people judged an imminent threat to themselves or others.

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