Minnesota lawmakers unveil more modest gun plan

  • Article by: KYLE POTTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 6:29 PM
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mankato58Mar. 6, 1312:59 PM

And Rep. Paymar is refusing to give the Bill a hearing!

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kkjerMar. 6, 13 1:06 PM

And how much money are they going appropriate to run this so called data base, and how much are they going to spend on legal fees from the numerous HIPAA law suits that are going to be filed.

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matteotorgyMar. 6, 13 1:13 PM

I am a member of the NRA and GOCRA. I've read the Hillstrom bill. I think it's a good common-sense bill that was drafted with legitimate concern for the best interests of Minnesota. It's refreshing to see a Democrat gun control bill that was written and proposed in good faith.

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RossbergMar. 6, 13 1:15 PM

"Advocates for tighter control say that .... Hilstrom's bill ultimately won't have much of an impact on gun violence." Neither would anything they're proposing. Their proposals would simply make it more cumbersome for the law-abiding public.

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gudagadagMar. 6, 13 1:17 PM

The author states in the article: "Advocates for tighter control say that Minnesotans overwhelmingly support expanding background checks" It would be helpful to know how a poll was conducted to produce this statement. If that poll consisted of contacting only persons in the metro area, it does not present a true picture. Several hundred individuals in various walks of life should be contacted statewide.

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robtdoarMar. 6, 13 1:54 PM

What database are you talking about kkjer? There's no new database.

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RossbergMar. 6, 13 1:58 PM

@mankato58 - "And Rep. Paymar is refusing to give the Bill a hearing!" Apparently Paymar and his cronies are so afraid of a bill having broad bipartisan and police support replacing theirs that they'd rather have no bill. This is more convincing proof (as if any were needed) that their proposals have nothing to do with gun control and everything to do with advancing their personal anti-gun agenda.

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sharkysharkMar. 6, 13 1:59 PM

Sometimes the right thing to do isn't the instinctive knee-jerk reaction. Sometimes the right thing to do is nothing. There is no "gun problem" that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. It is not the fault of responsible gun owners or their guns that the Sandy Hook or Accent Signage killings occurred. Those killers are dead now and there's nobody left to punish. It's a difficult reality, but it's time to just let go.

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thisisinsaneMar. 6, 13 2:03 PM

Sen. Hilstrom has her feet on the ground and understands that any gun control bill that is more far-reaching won't pass. And if it did, Dems would lose control of the state houses big time in 2014. Voters would kick them to the curb for it. That's reality and it is refreshing to see a Democrat see it.

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sharkysharkMar. 6, 13 2:03 PM

Sometimes the right thing to do isn't the instinctive knee-jerk reaction. Sometimes the right thing to do is nothing. There is no "gun problem" that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. It is not the fault of responsible gun owners or their guns that the Sandy Hook or Accent Signage killings occurred. Those killers are dead now and there's nobody left to punish. It's a difficult reality, but it's time to just let go.

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