What sort of gun laws might [St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter] have in mind? In February last year, the Star Tribune reported:
“Democrats and gun control advocates have spent years pushing for a bill to expand criminal background checks to cover most private firearms transfers, as well as for a second bill enacting a “red flag” law to let courts temporarily remove guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. The first bill passed the House 69-62, the second 68-62.”
Both of these measures are directed [at] guns which are traded and owned legally. They will have absolutely no effect on guns which are traded and owned illegally, which is to say the overwhelming majority of guns used to commit crimes in Minnesota.
State law already prohibits you from owning a gun if you are a convicted felon (or convicted of a crime in another state punishable by one year and one day or more); have been convicted of, or have outstanding charges, for a felony crime of violence; are on probation for a felony conviction (not a crime of violence); have pending felony charges; have been convicted of domestic assault or an assault against a family or household member; and have been convicted of misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor drug charge within the last three years, among many other reasons. Almost all of those committing crimes with guns in Minnesota – including at least two of the three arrested for Sunday’s shooting – are already legally barred from owning them. The DFL’s proposed laws will do nothing whatsoever to stop them.
The public safety crisis in the Twin Cities is one of the most acute facing our state. In our search for solutions we must be guided by what works, not what the DFL’s leaders think they can sell to their base.
— John Phelan in DFL gun laws won’t help end Twin Cities crime surge