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Release: Rep. Ginny Klevorn Helps Pass Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Saint Paul, MN. – This week, the Minnesota House passed SF 2909, the Judiciary and Public Safety budget conference committee report. The public safety portion of the report invests in a diverse set of tools to improve public safety. It prioritizes a holistic approach to gun violence prevention, funding for law enforcement and victims of crime, and more. This legislation will create a safer Minnesota while working to break cycles of crime and violence. State Representative Ginny Klevorn (DFL-Plymouth) voted in support of the legislation.

Everyone deserves to live in a safe community. Recent statistics show the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. is gun violence, the bill includes a number of violence prevention measures. It implements criminal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of those who are prohibited from having them. It also includes a red flag law, creating an effective tool to prevent those likely to cause harm from doing so. Lastly, it makes historic investments in gun violence prevention research grants to determine the next best steps to end gun violence. 

“We just celebrated Mother’s Day. What a fitting time to pass gun violence prevention legislation that will keep our kids safer,” said Rep. Klevorn. “Kudos to all the advocates involved in making this day possible, not just for our children, but for all Minnesotans. Everyone deserves the freedom to be safe at school, home, their place of worship, responding to an emergency call, or in any public space.” 

Video of the floor debate will be uploaded to the House Information Youtube page. The spreadsheet of complete investments for the Public Safety and Judiciary budget can be downloaded here