Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 46) said this week’s hearings on gun-control legislation will not cover a proposed ban on assault weapons or limits on magazine sizes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman─whose district includes Golden Valley, Hopkins, Plymouth and St. Louis Park-─said universal background checks will most likely lead the discussion.
“I think most people agree that universal background checks is the first place we should start. We need to focus on what we can accomplish right now to make our state safer,” a news release quoted Latz. “The outright banning of guns is a conversation that is more suited on the federal level.”
Latz’s committee plans two days of hearings on the proposed legislation, starting Thursday. Unlike divisive hearings in the House earlier this month, Latz said he wants to focus on proposals that have a broad consensus among the public.
“From those that want to ban all guns to those that want the ability to defend themselves by any means possible, there is a lot of passion surrounding this issue,” the release quoted Latz. “As the Senate Judiciary Chair, it is my goal to find effective solutions with common ground. I believe both sides want a safer state. My intent is to have an open conversation about our current options. This isn’t a time to fan the flames, but there is an obvious need for action.”