Politics Friday: Minnesota lawmakers debate new gun laws as the nation sees another school shooting

people gather in the Capitol Rotunda
Minnesota Veterans from different generations gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for Veterans Day on the Hill on Thursday.
Matthew Alvarez

Minnesota lawmakers are moving forward with a public safety bill that funds big parts of the state’s criminal justice system.  

MPR News host Mike Mulcahy talks to Rep. Kelly Moller, DFL-Shoreview, and Rep. Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, about the public safety budget bill released earlier this week. The bill, HF2890, also includes a host of policy provisions, including a “red flag” measure designed to reduce gun violence.  

Later in the hour, Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, explains the latest developments with the capital investment bill — also known as the bonding bill — and how the DFL plans to move forward with or without Republican support.

And MPR’s political reporters break down the biggest news from the Capitol from this week.  


  • Rep. Kelly Moller, DFL-Shoreview  

  • Rep. Paul Novotny, R-Elk River 

  • Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul 

  • Brian Bakst is a politics reporter for MPR News   

  • Dana Ferguson is a politics reporter for MPR News 

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