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Bill to Ban Gun Possession by Abusers Passes Legislature

PHOTO: Legislation that would make Minnesotans convicted of domestic or child abuse surrender their guns has cleared the state Senate by a vote of 60-4. The bill was earlier passed in the House and now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. Photo credit: Eric Fought/Protect Minnesota
PHOTO: Legislation that would make Minnesotans convicted of domestic or child abuse surrender their guns has cleared the state Senate by a vote of 60-4. The bill was earlier passed in the House and now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. Photo credit: Eric Fought/Protect Minnesota
May 6, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill to remove guns from the hands of those convicted of domestic abuse or child abuse is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill sailed through the State Senate on Monday, after earlier approval from the House.

Among the supporters in the gallery during passage was domestic violence survivor Diane Sellgren, St. Louis Park.

"Hopefully this will save a lot of women and children," Sellgren says. "I mean, it's not going to save everyone, but it's going to save a lot. And I think it's a huge, huge impact, and the fact that it was passed bipartisan is even more spectacular to me."

The bill also restricts guns for people who are subject to an order of protection while the order is in force.

Research shows that the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent. Sellgren says she's one of the lucky ones, still alive after having been threatened by her ex with a gun to her head.

"I don't know what came through me, but I ended up walking out, getting my kids out of bed and showing up a friend's house at 6:30 in the morning. And when we went back to the house, he had shot himself, so potentially it could have been a really horrible scene," she says.

While measures around gun restrictions have been contentious in the past, Monday's vote came by a margin of 60-4. State Sen. Ron Latz says the broad support was thanks to balancing public safety with the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

"This shows that we can come together and try to separate the emotion from the debate, and just work carefully and respectfully with each other on the substance of the issues," Latz says. "It shows that we can find common ground and work together to advance the law in this area."

It's estimated that about half of all domestic-violence homicides in Minnesota are committed with firearms.

Information about the legislation, SF 2639, is at www.revisor.mn.gov.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN