Gun reform advocates are rallying at the State Capitol ahead of a House vote on a measure requiring background checks on all gun sales, plus a “red flag” law to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves or others. Senate Republicans have not held hearings on the bills–they say the measures would be ineffective. Governor Tim Walz says he envisioned the discussion on guns going differently…

“We would have public hearings, we would decide and then have a vote, we would conference a bill together and we would move legislation forward that would pass some common sense firearm laws that would make a difference in people’s lives–that was the expectation, that didn’t happen, and that’s a shame for Democracy.”

Walz says similar legislation has passed with Republican support in Arizona and Florida.