Wisconsin gun legislation called for by AG Kaul, Democrats

Wisconsin gun legislation called for by AG Kaul, Democrats

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Democratic legislators call for gun law changes, speaking in Madison on Thursday, Sept. 23. The group wants expanded background checks and to give a judge the ability to remove guns from people who could be a danger to themselves or others. It is not likely either will pass the Wisconsin Legislature. “These bills have been introduced before, but we are bringing them up again now because this issue cannot wait any longer for action,” Kaul said. Democrats pitch the bill to close what they call background check “loopholes.” Federal law currently requires federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks, but private party sales are not covered – such as those arranged online or between private parties at gun shows. The proposed legislature would required gun transfers to go through federally licensed dealers and require background checks. “This is an issue that’s just about sensible reform,” State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) said. “In Wisconsin, there is no question of being a state that believes in hunting, a state that believes in liberty, independence and hard work. There’s no question that we understand individuals who support their gun rights. However, gun violence is plaguing our country and plaguing our state. “No, this bill won’t end all gun violence, but it does have the ability to save lives. This bill won’t end the Second Amendment.” The bill would still allow some sales or transfers without background checks to dealers, police and members of […]

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