Crowd Chants After GOP Majority Refuses To Debate Gun Violence Prevention Bills In MN House

A Minnesota Republican majority refuses to allow debate on two gun violence prevention bills, effectively stopping them from advancing this session.

The bills, authored by Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL) had been given a hearing in a previous meeting of the House Public Safety Committee, but had been tabled without a final vote. The reason given was that members wanted more information

Pinto today said there had been for members to reflect on the bills and there was obvious public pressure supporting better background checks for gun sales. However his motion to hold debate on his background check bill was defeated 7 to 9 with one Republican, Rep Keith Franke, joining Democrats in supporting the bill.

Pinto made a similar motion for his other bill which allows police and family members to seek an “extreme risk protection order” to keep firearms away from someone who has proven to be a “significant danger.”

That bill was defeated 6 to 10 on a straight party line vote.

The House has a rule that bills must have hearing and pass in at least one committee by this Thursday or they cannot be brought to the House floor for debate. A similar bill in the Senate has not yet had a hearing.

After the vote, orange shirted supporters of the legislation stood up and left. One shouted “How do you people sleep at night?” Another said “Say good bye to your jobs.” Then a chant of “vote them out .” started and the meeting was quickly adjourned.

Votes and video

1st bill – background checks
Voting for Debra Hilstrom (DFL), Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL), John (Jack) Considine Jr. (DFL), Raymond Dehn (DFL), Keith Franke (R), Dave Pinto (DFL), JoAnn Ward (DFL)
Voting against Brian Johnson (R), Kathy Lohmer (R), Matt Grossell (R), Jeff Howe (R), Eric Lucero (R), Jim Newberger (R),Marion O’Neill (R), Mark Uglem (R), Nick Zerwas (R)

2nd bill – allows “extreme risk protection order” to keep firearms away from someone who has proven to be a “significant danger.”
Voting for Debra Hilstrom (DFL), Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL), John (Jack) Considine Jr. (DFL), Raymond Dehn (DFL), Dave Pinto (DFL), JoAnn Ward (DFL)
Voting against Brian Johnson (R), Kathy Lohmer (R), Keith Franke (R), Matt Grossell (R), Jeff Howe (R), Eric Lucero (R), Jim Newberger (R),Marion O’Neill (R), Mark Uglem (R), Nick Zerwas (R)

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