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Latz noted that a majority of the U.S. Senate actually favored background checks — just not enough to meet the 60-vote barrier to prevent a filibuster. He believes his stronger background checks bill eventually will get a floor vote and pass.
“I still believe we have the votes in the Minnesota Senate to pass a broader expansion of background checks to cover almost all private sales,” Latz said.
Dayton: ‘Life and death’
Before the U.S. Senate vote this week, Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking at the dedication of a memorial highway to slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, gave background checks a ringing endorsement, citing polls showing strong public support.
“It’s a matter of policy, just trying to save lives,” Dayton said. “This is vitally important, this is life and death for innocent Minnesota citizens, for law enforcement officers like officer Decker and just for the basic cohesion of our society, which is seriously damaged any time one of the senseless murders of vast numbers of people is perpetrated. We owe it to ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, to do everything we possibly can, to prevent that from happening.”
A spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said neither Swanson nor her office has taken a position on the issue. Swanson, a DFLer who serves as the state’s chief legal officer, was endorsed by the NRA and received its highest rating in her 2010 re-election.
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