Hundreds on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol Wednesday night, demanding state lawmakers require universal background checks for all gun sales, plus pass a “red flag” law.

Governor Tim Walz:

“As someone who served 24 years in the military, I’m very familiar with these weapons. I’ve shot everything from 9-millimeters to cannon and rocket launchers, and I’ll tell you what I learned by that is, the damn things don’t belong on the streets of our country.”

Republican leaders say they’re willing to look into measures to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illness, but say background checks will do nothing to reduce mass shootings.