Democrats Cite Public Opinion, Renew Push For Gun Control, Medical Marijuana Proposals

Democrats Cite Public Opinion, Renew Push For Gun Control, Medical Marijuana Proposals

Gun Rights

Wisconsin Democrats on Monday unveiled their priorities for the fall legislative session, citing strong public support for a number of proposals that have been repeatedly rejected by the GOP-controlled state Legislature. The Democrats’ priorities include measures to increase regulation of guns in Wisconsin, including a bill to expand background checks and a bill to instate a so-called "red flag law." Red flag laws allow judges to temporarily revoke gun rights from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others. Speaking at a Capitol press conference, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, sponsor of the red flag proposal, cited a poll released last month by Marquette University that found 81 percent of Wisconsin residents support the plan. The poll found similar levels of support for expanding background checks to private, online sales and sales at gun shows in Wisconsin. "Our government, quite frankly, is broken," Sargent said, criticizing Republicans for not holding public hearings on the bills. "It’s pretty apparent that the approval ratings of these policies are higher than the approval ratings of most of my Republican colleagues in this building." Gov. Tony Evers has said he’s considering calling a special session to take up gun-related proposals. However, Republican leaders have said they oppose both bills. Within the realm of gun proposals, they have said they would prefer to focus on expanding mental health care and providing funding for security upgrades to schools and other vulnerable buildings. Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said Evers should still call the special session, even if […]

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