ST. PAUL —
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill with universal background checks last week on a party-line vote, with all Republicans opposed.
Bakk said Tuesday he doesn't think that bill has enough votes to pass on the Senate floor.
Gov. Mark Dayton sounded exasperated Tuesday about the resistance to comprehensive background checks.
"I'm at a loss to understand what is objectionable about extending that to other gun sellers and actually putting them on the same playing field with licensed gun dealers who are required to do background checks," Dayton said. "It's unfortunate that some are just opposed to anything to make a difference and save human lives."
Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report from Washington.