St Paul (Learfield News Service) - The DFL-controlled Minnesota House Thursday night passed a bill to expand background checks on gun sales, over objections of Republicans and a handful of Democrats.

The chamber also passed a so-called "red flag" bill that would allow law enforcement to get a court order to take guns away from someone judged a danger to themselves or others. Several Democrats sided with Republicans in voting no.

The bills has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.