Wisconsin Democrats Push Gun Safety Legislation, GOP Leadership Unmoved

Wisconsin Democrats Push Gun Safety Legislation, GOP Leadership Unmoved

Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images / Getty Images North America Buttons reading, Stop gun violence, sit on the ground at a gun reform rally at the Colorado State Capitol on March 28, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. After recent deadly shootings in Atlanta, Colorado and California, and gun violence that continues to plague cities around the country, including Milwaukee, Democrats are urging the Wisconsin Legislature to act on gun reform. Gov. Tony Evers proposed gun safety measures in his biennial budget. Democrats, like state Senate Minority Vice-Chair Melissa Agard of Dane County, are asking Republicans to back them. “Including expanding universal background checks on all gun sales, emergency protective restraining orders and grants to reduce all violence in our communities,” Agard said. A bill establishing emergency protective restraining orders is also known as a “red flag law.” It sets up a process to strip firearms from people considered at risk of harming themselves or others. In August 2019, 80% of likely voters queried in the Marquette Law School poll supported red flag laws and background checks. Agard said people should not have to fear going to a grocery store, a place of worship or a playground. At a news conference Thursday, Agard said gun reform is a moral and fiscal imperative. “Recent research has revealed that the annual cost of gun violence in the United States exceeds 229 billion with a B, […]

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