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Gun restrictions for domestic abuse suspects pass

ST. PAUL - A bill to take guns away from Minnesota domestic abuse suspects awaits Gov. Mark Dayton's signature.

The Senate passed the measure 60-4 Monday, the final step before the governor signs it into law.

Protect Minnesota Board President Joan Peterson applauded the vote. Peterson's sister was killed with a gun by her estranged husband. "If this had been law 25 years ago, my sister might be alive today," Peterson said.

Diane Sellgren, a domestic violence survivor, was at the Capitol Monday: "This will save the lives of women and children."

During the bill's trip through legislative committees, members learned that a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of a woman's death by 500 percent.

The bill would give judges the right to order that a domestic abuse suspect or someone convicted of the crime give up any guns he owns. However, the gun owner still would own the guns and could get them back at some point.

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