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Release: Rep. Rehm votes to pass Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Saint Paul, MN. – Late 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. Representative Lucy Rehm (DFL-Chanhassen) voted in support of the legislation. 

“Minnesotans are sick and tired of not having the freedom to fully live their daily lives- going to concerts, large gatherings in public spaces, worshiping at Mass or their Mosque, or being safe at school,” said Rep. Rehm. “Today we took long overdue action to address the gun violence epidemic right here in our state; for our kids, our neighbors, peace officers and first responders, and loved ones.” 

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.

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.