“Our first job is to deal with the budget—and to deal with the jobs and economy in Minnesota,” Latz said. “And this is a budget year. So this is the year that the Legislature will set the budget for the next two years. That’s our first task.”
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Latz—whose district includes Hopkins, Golden Valley, Plymouth and St. Louis Park—said his committee is starting this year’s session by examining funding for the Judiciary, the Department of Corrections, public defenders and other groups under his committee’s purview.
He stressed that the odds of a school shooting are small. While he said there are still improvements to be made, he added that students and parents shouldn’t worry about their safety at schools—even without a change in the law.
Latz declined to back any specific gun control measure, although he did say he was uncomfortable with proposals to arm teachers.
“But beyond that, I don’t have any particular proposal that I’m going to be out advocating for,” Latz said. “But our committee is the committee with the jurisdiction over the topic, and I tend to lean in favor of control over access to guns—certainly certain types of guns, assault rifles, the multiple magazine guns, as well, like the Bushmaster that was used in the Connecticut shooting.”
Countered Latz: “I don’t think it’s about gun owners’ rights. I think that they’re already established in state law—lots of rights for people to own guns—but it is a regulated access and that’s just the nature of it, just like driving cars is regulated. The question is what are the appropriate regulations and where do we draw that line.”