Rep. Kelby Woodard listened to Rep. Michael Paymar's final remarks directed at Woodard saying " There is a reason most Capitol's don't allow firearms. "I wish things were the way they were decades ago but they are not."
State Patrol Major Bob Meyerson talked with Rep Michael Paymar and Rep. Kelby Woodard before the start of Wednesday's hearing.
Sen. Michelle Benson talked with gun rights advocates before the start of Wednesday's hearing.
Gun rights advocates listened to testimony at the hearing.
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.