Editorial: Background check legislation the type of law "Minnesota needs"

Letter from Jo Haugen (Eagen, MN) to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

The Minnesota Legislature has two bills up for consideration right now, HF8 and SF434, that would require background checks on all gun sales. This is the kind of sensible gun law that Minnesota needs.

A new report came out this month from Everytown for Gun Safety that demonstrates exactly why we need to shore up our background check law. In a year-long investigation of Armslist.com, an online gun sales marketplace, nearly 1.2 million ads were found to have no legal requirement for a background check. Over 28,000 of those ads were in Minnesota because they were from individual sellers, not licensed dealers.

Even more frightening was the part of the investigation centered on the ads placed by the investigators themselves in Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee. The ads did not mention the requirement of a background check since federal law doesn’t require a background check unless the seller is a licensed dealer, and, like Minnesota, those states had no additional requirements.

Minnesota HF 8 is cosponsored by LEAPers Heather Edelson and Michael Howard. LEAP Forward is grading action on both HF 8 and SF 434 and scoring support.