Bliss criticizes Persell on HF 8 & HF 9 votes

The Minnesota House took votes on two items related to firearms last Thursday, and a former representative for this area took notice.

Former Rep. Matt Bliss (R-Pennington)

According to a release sent just minutes after the vote on universal background checks and red flag laws, Matt Bliss, a Republican from Pennington, harshly criticized current representative John Persell, a DFL-er from Bemidji, for voting in favor of the two bills.

John Persell, DFL-Bemidji

Bliss said,  “These anti-gun bills Rep. Persell voted for create strict new hurdles and barriers for law-abiding Minnesotans, violate our constitutional rights and will do nothing to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.” Persell responded, saying he owns firearms himself, but law abiding gun carriers will not be negatively affected.

The two bills passed on the House floor, but have little to no chance of passing in the Republican-held Senate.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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