Common-sense gun safety provisions

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Two gun violence prevention amendments were offered to the supplemental budget bill.

The first amendment would extend criminal background checks to most private sales, gun show markets, and online transactions within the state’s existing permit to purchase system. A Star Tribune poll this past weekend found that 9 out of 10 Minnesotans support criminal background checks on all private firearm purchases. A recent similar poll conducted by Everytown for Gun Safety found identical support among Minnesotans for red flag and criminal background check bills. Support is broad as well as deep, and crosses political, urban and rural, and gun owners and non-owner lines. Additionally, several Senate Republicans have offered support for gun violence prevention bills of this nature.

This universal background check amendment was ruled not germane, and an attempt to overturn that ruling failed 36-30.

The second amendment would allow law enforcement to seek an extreme risk protection order, also known as a “red flag warning”,  a court order temporarily restricting a person’s access to guns when they pose a danger to self or others. In a nationwide study from 2009 to 2016, roughly 42% of mass shootings produced documentation that the attacker displayed dangerous warning signs before the shooting.

This amendment, the extreme risk protection order amendment, was also ruled not germane, and an attempt to overturn that ruling failed 36-29.