Activists mobilize opposition to looser gun laws, back Evers vetoes

Activists mobilize opposition to looser gun laws, back Evers vetoes

A gun show in Chantilly, Va. Wisconsin activists seek to mobilize support for stronger measures to limit the circulation of guns and praise recent vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers of bills that would loosen the state’s gun laws. (Alex Wong | Getty Images) Activists seeking to curb gun violence believe that gun-related bills that Republican lawmakers passed and Gov. Tony Evers vetoed should become important campaign issues next fall — against the GOP lawmakers who passed them and in support of Evers’ re-election. “We don’t want to get rid of guns — we just want people to use them safely,” said Jennifer Hoffman-Jonas, a leader in the Milwaukee North Shore suburbs for the group Moms Demand Action. The organization seeks stronger regulations on firearms. On Friday, April 15, State Rep. Deb Andraca (D-Whitefish Bay) held a news conference outside Whitefish Bay High School to commend Evers for vetoing legislation that would have permitted people who have concealed-carry licenses to possess a weapon in a vehicle on school grounds. Hoffman-Jonas and other advocates for curbing gun violence joined the event. The legislation, AB-495 , would have carved out an exception to the state law enacted in 1991 making it a felony to possess a gun anywhere on school grounds. Its supporters portrayed it as simply ensuring that parents who are lawful gun owners wouldn’t face charges for bringing firearms on school grounds while picking up their children at school. Evers stated in his veto message that “this bill neither improves […]

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