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Minn. House Lawmakers Ditch Universal Background Checks

Posted at: 03/19/2013 9:04 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The House Democrat pushing for broader restrictions to Minnesota gun laws has abandoned imposing universal background checks for firearm sales.

Rep. Michael Paymar of St. Paul says he's switching to a plan that would expand background checks to sales at gun shows but not to private sales and transfers.

Paymar says he also plans to include many provisions from the alternate package of less-restrictive gun measures that would tighten the state's current background check system, add to the parameters of who cannot legally own a gun and help county attorneys crack down on illegal gun owners.

That bill was introduced earlier this month and is backed by the National Rifle Association. Republicans and gun rights advocates say expanding background checks to gun show sales is a nonstarter for their members.

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