The Minnesota Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, a group of faith, political, and community organizations held a news conference at the State Capitol outside of the House chambers asking the Minnesota House to act on background check legislation for gun sales.
A newspaper page with the faces of Newtown school shooting victims.
Sami Rahamim, son of the owner of Accent Signage who was killed in a shooting last year spoke at the press conference.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.