Minnesota Senate Passes Stringent New Gun Control Measures

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Despite having a slim majority of one vote, Democratic senators from Minnesota reportedly managed to approve comprehensive gun control legislation.

After clearing the Senate 34-33 on Friday, May 12, the public safety and judicial finance and policy agreement was approved early on Tuesday, May 16, by a vote of 69-63.

Opponents claim the clause, which is a part of a larger public safety budget measure that also includes increased background checks for gun transactions, violates the right to due process and the Second Amendment.

The contentious “red flag law” was among the suggestions.

Family and law enforcement are not included since the extension on background check needs background for private transactions.

The bill also contains:

-Including gender identity in the definition of bias offences establishing a Missing and Murdered Black Women and Girls Office.
-Over the next four years, $8.8 million will be allocated on police enforcement recruiting and retention.
-Increasing state judicial system financing, including judge salary increases limiting strip searches on kids in custody.

Tim Waltz, the governor of Minnesota, expressed his opinions on the measure in a Tuesday tweet and is now anticipated to sign it into law.

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