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Rural DFLers could shoot down gun bills in Minnesota Legislature

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ST. PAUL -- The message from Minnesota's rural Democratic senators about this week's gun-bill flurry is simple: Don't expect a warm reception in the Senate.

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"It's a good thing to vent, but it's not going anywhere," Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, said, joining with others in saying rural senators cannot buy into many of the changes a House committee debated this week.

"The Senate has always been the more reasonable body," Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, said Thursday.

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