What's next for gun control legislation

2:51 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The lines to testify have been long and the testimony heard at times has been emotional.

But when the people's chance to voice their opinions on proposed gun legislation at the state capitol finishes Friday, what's next?

"There's really two answers as to what we can expect to see a first vote," said David Schultz, a Hamline professor and expert in state politics.

The first day to look for is three weeks from Friday, says Schultz. That's when all the bills dealing with gun issues will get their first test.

"Any gun legislation has to be voted on and passed on to another committee by March 15th," he said.

Debate would follow with the issue reaching the full House and Senate, Schultz believes sometime in late April.

But, like most things in politics, there is a catch. Legislators can still do some maneuvering behind the scenes that could push that March 15th deadline back.

"My goal is it to have it out by the 15th. The next stop would be the Senate floor," said DFL Senator Ron Latz, of St. Louis Park.

At least on the senate side, no maneuvering is needed, according to Latz who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee that is hearing testimony this week.

"My expectation I will put it together one omnibus package specifically focusing on reducing gun violence," he said.

KARE 11 reached out to DFL State Representative Michael Paymar, of St. Paul who chairs the Public Safety Committee, which heard testimony on gun legislation in the House. We did not hear back.

But some wonder if any gun legislation will even get out of committee. Schultz's best guess, proposals on background checks and magazine limits have the best chance.

"That would be it, and even then I'm not sure how they're going to pull that one off," said Schultz.

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