Saint Paul, MN. – Yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives 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 report will create a safer Minnesota while working to break cycles of crime and violence.
In response to increasing gun violence, now the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., 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. State Representative Mary Frances Clardy (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) voted in support of the legislation.
“Every Minnesotan deserves the freedom to be and feel safe at home or in any public space,” said Rep. Clardy. “We’re taking action to prevent more senseless tragedy and keep more people safe. I was proud to cast my vote in support of the gun violence prevention legislation we passed yesterday.”
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.