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National Rifle Association spokesman Chris Rager talks to a Senate committee on Friday about his concerns with proposed expanded background checks for gun purchases. Forum News Service photo by Danielle Killey

Lawmakers propose gun access restrictions


ST. PAUL — Criminals would have a harder time getting guns and law enforcement would have more control over weapons permits in legislative efforts aimed at curbing Minnesota gun violence.

A bill by state Sen. Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, would make it easier for law enforcement to deny firearms permits based on the likelihood of the applicant being a danger to themselves or the public. Those denied could appeal the decision to a court.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.