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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota House panel has approved a measure that would ban people convicted of domestic abuse from having guns.

The public safety committee approved the measure Tuesday on a voice vote. It's sponsored by Cottage Grove Democrat Dan Schoen.

The bill would also apply to people subject to restraining orders.

The bill didn't get universal support. Julie Zappa, a Grey Cloud Island woman who testified that she survived a physically abusive relationship, said the bill is misguided.

Zappa said a piece of paper won't keep battered women safe. She said abusers will find a way to get a gun, regardless of its legality.

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