Kaul Slams GOP Election Investigation, Calls for Gun Laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday accused Republicans of chasing conspiracy theories with a $680,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election instead of passing gun control measures polls have shown have broad public support. Kaul, a Democrat who is up for reelection next year, appeared with a host of Democratic lawmakers and gun safety advocates at a news conference to renew the call for a universal background check and “red flag” law. Republicans who control the state Legislature have repeatedly rejected both. Republicans have ordered investigations into the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden. Kaul said instead of spending money on that, Kaul said that Republicans should “address real issues Wisconsinites are actually focused on.” A Marquette University Law School poll in 2019 showed that 80% of respondents support a universal background check proposal and 81% of people who said they have a gun in their home back a “red flag” law, while 86% of people who said they didn’t have a gun in their house back it. Under such a law, judges could seize guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others by courts. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed similar laws. The background check proposal is designed to require checks for nearly all gun sales, including online, at auctions or at a gun show. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat who is also up for reelection next year, backs both laws and called a special […]

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