DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vowed today he will veto any legislation that would legalize the use of silencers in Minnesota.
"Nowhere in the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does it refer to the right to bear silencers," Dayton said.
The Minnesota House has already approved a bill that would legalize silencers, also known as "suppressors." Gun rights advocates say these devices are primarily a safety device because they help reduce the risk of severe ear damage when a gun is fired. A pistol fired with a suppressor is still eight times louder than a lawnmower.
But Dayton told reporters this afternoon that legalizing silencers would put police officers and others at risk.
"The suppression of gun noise heightens the risk to law enforcement officers and also innocent bystanders on the scene or in the neighborhood," Dayton said.
The governor made his veto threat as the Senate is prepared to debate a judiciary policy bill. Supporters of the legalization effort were expected to try to amend the bill.