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Rural Minnesota Democrats hold key on gun control

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ST. PAUL — Rural Democrats’ opposition to changing Minnesota’s gun laws casts doubt on what legislation, if any, will pass this year to tackle gun violence.

A group of at least eight Democrats from outstate Minnesota are standing firm against virtually any expansion of the state’s background check system. Together with Republicans — who need just six votes from across the aisle to block a bill — those Democrats hold the keys to shape, or sink, any gun legislation.

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