Gun control bills typically don't gain traction in election years, but a couple of proposals are moving through the Legislature this session. Unlike the sweeping proposals that failed last year, the bills this session are more modest and have bipartisan support.
Members of Protect Minnesota and other gun control advocacy groups rallied at the state Capitol Friday to support a bill that, among other things, would allow courts to bar people under domestic violence restraining orders from having guns.
Bills sponsored by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, and Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, would allow judges to order gun owners subject to such orders to surrender their guns to law enforcement, a licensed gun dealer or an eligible third party.
Heather Martens, president of Protect Minnesota, said there is a wide consensus that the measure is needed.
"It's something that everyone seems to agree on — that domestic abusers should not have firearms," she said.
Somehow, I doubt that very seriously. I haven't seen much in the gun debate that "everyone seems to agree on." Have you?