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Minnesota, Wisconsin federal lawmakers discuss next steps to curb gun violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers at the federal level are discussing what concrete steps they plan to take to curb gun violence in the country.

CBS 3 Duluth asked Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), as well as Congressmen Pete Stauber (R-MN) and Sean Duffy (R-WI), what they would do.

Senator Tina Smith says she’d like to see the Senate take up gun safety legislation.

She specifically pointed to universal background checks, or making sure people with violent criminal histories can’t purchase firearms.

She said she hopes to see that happen in the next few weeks, but added that she doesn’t think it will actually happen.

Meanwhile, Congressman Pete Stauber says he’s supporting the Mass Violence Prevention Act.

Stauber says if passed, the bill would help law enforcement at all levels share information and coordinate immediate responses to threats of mass violence.

He says this would be an important step in catching violent threats online before a tragedy.

Senator Ron Johnson pointed to recommendations from commissions formed in the aftermath of these shootings.

He added that the nation needs to re-evaluate how society treats mental illness – to keep firearms away from people who may pose a danger.

Congressman Sean Duffy didn’t directly respond to CBS 3 Duluth’s request by news time.

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