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House DFLer blasts speaker for dropping gun bill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The DFL state representative who pushed expanded background checks for Minnesota gun buyers says he's disappointed with his fellow Democrat, House Speaker Paul Thissen (TEE'-sehn), for shelving the bill this year.

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Rep. Michael Paymar of St. Paul says Thursday that Thissen previously urged him to keep pushing the new limits on gun access even as the bill faced a skeptical reception from rural House Democrats. On Wednesday, Thissen abruptly decided that the House would not vote on the bill this year because he believed it would fail.

Paymar says he thinks the issue deserved a debate and vote in the full House. He says voters expect lawmakers to not avoid controversial issues.

Paymar says gun control supporters must use the coming months to build greater support and pressure Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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