Ninety percent of the people in Minnesota want a comprehensive background check for anybody buying firearms, according to an April poll conducted by the Star Tribune. In addition, 59 percent favor banning military-style weapons.

By phasing in a ban, this would not include current owners of these weapons but over a 30-year period there would be a buyback of all these weapons by the state.  The buyback would occur this way, the first year would be 100 percent of the original cost and each year after we drop by 3.3 percent until the 30th year when all of these weapons would have to be turned in without any compensation from the state. 

Also, any felon, people with a history of mental illness, drug convictions, DWIs, domestic abuse or a history of fighting with an arrest would never be allowed to possess a firearm ever.

Jerald Haley

Stillwater

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