Senator Heather Gustafson Applauds Signing of Gun Violence Prevention Legislation 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Today, June 3, Senator Heather Gustafson (DFL – Vadnais Heights) joined Governor Tim Walz at the Saint Paul Police Department for a ceremonial signing of legislation to increase penalties for straw purchases of firearms and ban binary triggers. This legislation addresses some of the factors that are commonly found in mass shootings like we saw when two police officers and a firefighter-paramedic were killed in Burnsville earlier this year.

An illegal straw purchase takes place when a person buys a firearm for the purpose of transferring it to someone who is ineligible to own one. This law increases the penalties for these transfers from a gross misdemeanor to a felony and expands straw purchase prohibitions to include all firearms, not only semi-automatic military-style weapons or pistols.

Under this new law, binary triggers are prohibited under the definition of “trigger activators.” A firearm equipped with a binary trigger discharges two rounds instead of one when a trigger is pulled and released. This kind of trigger was used in the killing of two Burnsville officers in February and is supported and is supported by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Chiefs of Police Association.

“With this law, we take another step forward in keeping our communities, law enforcement, and first responders safe,” said Sen. Gustafson. “Keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them is a goal that all Minnesotans can agree upon. While there is more work to do, today is progress for our communities, for victims and their families, and for those who protect and serve our State.”

The legislation has bipartisan support in the legislature.

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Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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