Dayton Asks Lawmakers To Ban Gun Sales To Terror Watch Lists
ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is urging legislators to ban gun sales to people on terrorism watch lists.
Statehouses nationwide have begun exploring those measures to stop would-be extremists from buying firearms. In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy has pledged to sign an executive order banning gun sales to individuals on no-fly lists.
Dayton previously said he would explore possible actions in Minnesota. The governor said Friday he concluded he doesn't have the authority to restrict those sales on his own.
But he left it to the Legislature to pass such a law, and promised he would sign it. He says people who aren't allowed to board airplanes shouldn't be able to purchase guns.
Minnesota's Legislature won't reconvene until early March.