State Republicans push new gun legislation

State Republicans push new gun legislation

Yesterday, amid a flurry of high-profile, highly controversial bills, the Wisconsin state assembly passed new gun legislation. The bill’s Republican authors argue that the legislation will protect Wisconsinites’ second amendment rights — Democrats say it’s a clear violation of federal law. The l egislation would change a number of policies for Wisconsin’s gun owners and sellers. Broadly, it seeks to exempt certain firearms from federal regulations, bar the state from enforcing federal policies that restrict gun or ammunition sales, and prevent police officers from confiscating a lawfully possessed firearm. The bill is part of a recent surge of Republican-authored gun legislation. The Associated Press reports that, as of March, at least a dozen states had introduced legislation barring federal gun control policies. Wisconsin’s proposed changes are on shaky legal ground. Speaking during yesterday’s assembly session, Representative Tip McGuire, a Democrat from Kenosha, pointed out that the state can’t supersede federal laws and regulations. “This bill is saying that enumerated powers of the federal government cannot be applied in the state of Wisconsin. Our body does not have the ability to determine that — this bill is unconstitutional as written,” he says. McGuire also says that the legislation would prevent police from confiscating guns from people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. “In 2019, according to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, there were 48 cases of domestic abuse homicide. I’m concerned that this is going to make life for domestic violence victims less safe.” McGuire says the bill could put the state […]

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