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MN – GUN CONTROL – Elections dealt setback to Minnesota gun control advocates

Gun control efforts took a back seat in November’s vote. When Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz warned last year that “we are coming” after state lawmakers who don’t support DFL-backed gun measures, Sen. Warren Limmer had a response: “Bring it on.” That calculation seems to have paid off as the Maple Grove Republican and judiciary committee chairman held his seat in an election night nail-biter that helped Republicans maintain control of the Minnesota Senate. Gun control proponents in Minnesota had looked at 2020 as a pivotal year for winning back a Democratic majority in the Legislature to pass gun proposals such as expanding background checks and a new “red flag” law to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people. Fresh off wins in Virginia a year earlier and polling that showed surging popularity for new gun restrictions in Minnesota, groups including the Michael Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety poured more than $1 million into Minnesota elections as part of a broader effort to flip legislatures around the nation. Yet no statehouse in America transformed this year into what advocates hoped would be a “gun-sense majority.” Instead, the issue receded in the midst of roiling debates over the pandemic, police reform, racial justice and the Trump presidency. Gun-control activists now concede that failure to consolidate DFL control of the State Capitol means that background check and red-flag legislation will likely meet another blockade in 2021.  [full article]

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