Press conference on extreme risk protection order and background check amendments

A press conference was held this week regarding two gun violence prevention amendments that will be offered during the Senate’s floor discussion on the supplemental budget omnibus bill.

The first bill would allow law enforcement to seek an extreme risk protection order, a court order temporarily restricting a person’s access to guns when they show red flags and pose a danger to self or others. The second bill would extend criminal background checks to most private sales, gun show markets, and online transactions within the state’s existing permit to purchase system.

In a nationwide study from 2009 to 2016, roughly 42 percent of mass shootings produced documentation that the attacker displayed dangerous warning signs before the shooting.

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.