Minnesota

Minnesota gun regulation bills will (finally) get a hearing after gun lobby stunt

[The hearing] initially was slated for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Valley View Middle School in Edina. But at 1 p.m., Saturday, notice went out that the venue was changed—it would now be scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, this time in the Hopkins High School’s Little Theater.

Six hours later, another change: The hearing would be held at the Capitol. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler put out an explanatory statement via email.

“We wanted to hold a committee hearing on gun violence prevention in a school to offer students and parents an easier opportunity to offer their thoughts on an issue that has caused so much fear and stress for families,” Winkler said in an email distributed to reporters.

“Instead of welcoming that discussion, the gun lobby directed their activists to badger local school district officials, including asking for gun carry requests because schools are gun-free zones,” he wrote. “The gun lobby knows that the public isn’t on their side, so they have to resort to these tactics.”

LEAP Forward is grading HF 8 and HF 9 and is scoring support for both bills.