ST. PAUL (AP) - Democratic leaders assuming control of the Minnesota Legislature say now is the time to take a closer look at the state's gun laws.

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has been a catalyst across the country for discussions of gun regulations.

DFL Rep. Michael Paymar will lead the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee when the Democrats take control of the Legislature in January. Paymar says every state has a responsibility to evaluate their gun laws in light of the Connecticut shooting in which a gunman killed 20 children and seven adults.

DFL Sen. Scott Dibble says he's heard from numerous constituents who want the issue addressed.

Republican Rep. Tony Cornish plans to introduce a bill that would allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.

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