Latz and Lesch introduce gun control bills

Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) have introduced matching gun control bills into their respective bodies at the State Legislature. The bills allow prosecutors to crack down on gun crimes and those possessing guns illegally.

Latz has been a prosecutor and Lesch prosecutes domestic assault crimes as an Assistant City Attorney for Saint Paul.

“This package of practical laws will allow prosecutors throughout the state to get guns out of the hands of people who have shown they are dangerous and put them back in prison if they are found with a gun or ammunition,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Freeman joined Latz and Lesch at the press conference.

At a news conference this morning, Sen. Latz and Rep. Lesch said the package of proposals developed by Freeman and supported by the board of Urban Minnesota County Attorneys will be effective in cutting gun violence. Among other changes, the legislation will keep guns away from convicted felony domestic violence offenders by defining it as a crime of violence and increasing the penalty for possessing a firearm.

“We need to focus on legislation that helps our prosecutors keep guns out of the hands of people known to have a violent past,” said Sen. Latz. “These proposals will have a large impact on known offenders and their ability to purchase another weapon.”

“This bill is a collaborative effort to keep guns away from convicted criminals, children, and those whom a court has ordered civilly committed,” said Rep. Lesch. “It is a common sense approach by law enforcement to keep our neighborhoods safe.”