Feb 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) - Big news from the Minnesota Senate - they've decided not to move forward with a statewide ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.
DFL senator Ron Latz of St. Louis Park is the chair of the state judiciary committee, which reviews all issues coming before the legislature. On KNSI's "Ox in the Afternoon", Latz explained that the issue has not received strong enough support to keep it up for discussion, and that the issue should instead be tackled at the federal level.
However, Latz the committee is still pursuing legislation strengthening private sale background checks, closing the private sale loophole, and making it harder for violent offenders and felons to get guns.
"There hasn't been consensus when it comes to the assault weapon issue," Latz says. "However, the issue of closing the background check loophole, for citizens and law enforcement, has been polling with 85% in support."
Latz says pursuing legislation to keep offenders away from guns will have long-term dividends.
"The more barriers you place between a criminal and a gun, the less likely they are to get the gun," Latz says. "It's common sense. And if you're doing background screenings, and you catch the person convicted of a violent felony, then they should not be able to purchase the gun."
The move comes after gun control supporters rallied at the state Capitol on Monday afternoon.
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