Hearing highlights divide over guns in MN Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesotans on one side of America’s divide on guns have urged lawmakers to ban firearms from the state Capitol, saying citizens have a right to feel free of intimidation when they participate in the democratic process.

But citizens on the other side told lawmakers Tuesday they shouldn’t have to give up their Second Amendment rights when they visit the Capitol. And they said Minnesotans with gun permits have never caused trouble at the statehouse.

They spoke before an advisory committee reviewing Capitol security. Minnesota allows anyone with a valid handgun permit to carry it at the Capitol so long as they give advance notice.

The panel is led by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, who says she doesn’t believe they have a clear consensus about whether anything needs to change.

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