The Latest: Minnesota lawmaker ends sit-in over gun laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Latest on a Minnesota lawmaker’s sit-in over gun legislation (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

A Democratic lawmaker has finished a 24-hour sit-in on the Minnesota House floor to protest inaction on gun control legislation.

Rep. Erin Maye Quade said Wednesday that her overnight protest underscores the growing frustration and urgency for lawmakers to act on gun control proposals before the session ends in less than a month.

Proposals that would strengthen gun control have faced resistance from Republican majorities in the Legislature.

Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Wednesday that some lawmakers are still working behind the scenes on small changes to gun laws that could gain enough Republican support to pass this year.


10 a.m.

A Democratic lawmaker is holding a 24-hour sit-in on the Minnesota House floor to protest the lack of action on gun legislation this year.

Rep. Erin Maye Quade began the protest Tuesday. Several Democratic colleagues and one suburban Republican joined at the start to share stories of Minnesota residents who were fatally shot.

Maye Quade and others are calling for expanded background checks and a legal way for family members to temporarily restrict a loved one’s gun access.

Those measures have faced stiff resistance from Republican majorities in the Legislature and rural Democrats.

Gun laws are under scrutiny nationwide after February’s deadly school shooting at a Florida high school.

Maye Quade is a first-term lawmaker from Apple Valley, a Minneapolis suburb.