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Rep. Michael Paymar of St. Paul talks Tuesday about his proposal to reduce gun violence in Minnesota. Forum News Service photo

Agreement expands background checks only to gun shows in Minnesota

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Chairman Michael Paymar of St. Paul said he and fellow Democratic Rep. Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center agreed to kill Paymar’s bill but include background checks for all gun show firearm sales in a new proposal they said will be ready later this week.

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“Like any compromise, I think people will be disappointed on both sides,” Paymar said. But “we have an agreement the gun show loophole will be plugged,” which he called “a big step.”

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