House talks gun ban for domestic abusers

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ST. PAUL  — The Minnesota House is primed to vote on a bill that would ban people convicted of certain abuse crimes or subject to restraining orders from possessing guns.

The bipartisan bill awaiting action Wednesday marks a rare instance where lawmakers are prepared to tighten gun possession restrictions.

Democratic Rep. Dan Schoen says he hopes his proposal will help save lives. If it becomes law, people convicted of child or domestic abuse would have to give their firearms to a person or an entity legally allowed to receive them within three days.

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The bill is backed by prominent gun-rights defender Tony Cornish, a Republican legislator. He says it protects gun owners’ rights and those in worrisome domestic environments.

The state Senate version of the bill awaits action on that chamber’s floor.