DFL Rep. Debra Hilstrom listened at DFL Rep. Michael Paymar defended his background check bill. Hilstrom is the author of the compromise bill that does not have the background check provision. Members of the House public safety committee sparred over gun background checks in competing DFL bills.
GOP Rep. Tony Cornish sparred with DFL Rep. Michael Paymar over the background check provision in Paymar's bill.
DFL Rep. Michael Paymar listened as GOP Rep. Tony Cornish ripped the background provision in his bill.
After charging that Rep. Paymar was bullying DFL members of the committee who were wavering in support of his bill, Christopher Rager, right, of the NRA institute for legislative action came up to talk with Paymar after the hearing.
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.