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House DFL to add gun violence prevention measures to Public Safety omnibus bill

Thursday, April 4, 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota — House DFLers intend to amend the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Omnibus bill to include criminal background checks and extreme risk protection orders. Speaker Melissa Hortman and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler released the following statements:

“Minnesotans have demanded that lawmakers address gun violence prevention. House DFLers will fight until the last minute of session to make progress,” said Speaker Hortman. “The Senate cannot kill gun violence prevention by refusing to hear the bills in committee or refusing to take action on the Senate floor. We are bringing gun violence prevention measures to the negotiating table. Minnesotans have demanded action and the Minnesota House DFL is their ally in this fight.”

“The Minnesota House of Representatives will pass gun violence prevention legislation this session,” said Majority Leader Winkler. “Senate Republicans can play games if they want, but they should be honest with Minnesotans — you either support the bills or you don’t. Minnesotans deserve honest, open debate, not hiding behind legislative process games.”