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As Gun Safety Takes Center Stage in Minnesota, A Reminder That 9 in 10 Minnesotans Support Criminal Background Checks on All Gun Sales

February 25, 2019

On Wednesday, the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee will hold the first hearing on two gun safety bills that are priorities for both Gov. Tim Walz and the leaders of the Minnesota House of Representatives:

Polls have shown the vast majority of Minnesotans support these measures:

  • Polling conducted last April by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune found that 9 in 10 Minnesotans support criminal background checks on all gun sales.
  • Additional polling last year found 87 percent of Minnesotans support temporarily blocking a person from having guns if there are clear red flags.

A recent report showed that in 2018 alone, there were as many as 28,818 ads on offering guns for sale in Minnesota with no background check required. Under current federal law, background checks are required only for gun sales by licensed firearm dealers. No background check is required for sales by unlicensed individuals, who can sell guns to strangers they meet online or at gun shows – with no background check, no questions asked, and no way to know whether the buyer is a criminal or otherwise prohibited from having guns.

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