Attorney General Josh Kaul, Democratic Lawmakers Renew Push For Gun Law Changes

Attorney General Josh Kaul, Democratic Lawmakers Renew Push For Gun Law Changes

Attorney General Josh Kaul and Democratic state lawmakers are renewing their push for changes to Wisconsin gun laws in the wake of recent mass shootings across the country. During a Thursday press conference, Kaul and lawmakers called on the GOP-controlled state Legislature to approve measures in Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales and allow courts to block some people from buying firearms. Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, has authored several bills that would do those things, but none have been taken up by Republicans. During the press conference, Agard argued it’s "past time" for the Legislature to take action. "Going to a grocery store, to work, a place of worship, a playground, it shouldn’t cause or create anxiety or fear for one’s safety," she said. "We shouldn’t have to worry about dropping our kids off at school concerned that the next mass shooting might be occurring right there." Recent mass shootings in the United States claimed the lives of four people in Orange County, California , 10 people in Boulder, Colorado , and eight people near Atlanta . Under the governor’s background check proposal , which is sometimes called a "universal background check" measure, all firearm sales in Wisconsin would be subject to background checks. Right now, people who buy guns online don’t need to pass a check. A March 2018 Marquette University Law School poll showed 81 percent of Wisconsin residents support background checks for gun purchases online and at gun shows. […]

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