Minneapolis middle school students sit front row at gun hearing - KMSP-TV

Minneapolis middle school students take front row at gun legislation hearing

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Gun safety took the spotlight for the third straight day of hearings at the Minnesota Capitol. Among the bills heard Thursday was one that would make it a felony for a juvenile to possess a gun – a proposal aimed squarely at gang members and kids who are constantly in trouble.

But it was a group of kids who are not in trouble who came to Thursday's hearing. Several dozen boys from The Best Academy in north Minneapolis – one of the top-achieving schools in the state -- sat in the front row.

Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels made an impassioned plea for gun safety on their behalf.

"They're here today because the young men you see in this room and in the overflow room are by far the most endangered human beings in any First World country in the world," Samuels said.

At one point, Samuels asked the boys how many of them know someone who has been shot. Nearly all of the boys raised their hands.

A hearing on banning high-capacity gun magazines was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.

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