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Scaled-back gun bill headed for Minn. Senate vote

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A significantly scaled back bill to revise Minnesota's gun laws is headed for a vote in the state Senate, with the blessing of a vocal gun-rights group.

The proposal was revised Tuesday to remove language that could be construed as expanded background checks or limitations on lawful gun transactions. The bill fills gaps in databases consulted in present gun background checks by including court records from longer ago.

Sen. Ron Latz, a St. Louis Park Democrat, says he stripped the bill of all provisions deemed controversial. He says he won't let it morph into a wider-ranging gun bill.

Joe Olson of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance says his group has no problems with the revised bill.

House Speaker Paul Thissen previously removed a background check bill from legislative consideration.

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