Wisconsin Senate poised to enact ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ legislation limiting federal gun laws

Wisconsin Senate poised to enact 'Second Amendment sanctuary' legislation limiting federal gun laws

MADISON – The state Senate sent a constitutionally questionable bill Wednesday to Gov. Tony Evers that attempts to prevent federal gun laws from having any effect in Wisconsin. Republicans who control the Senate also approved legislation that would delay redistricting for county boards and city councils , letting them keep in place current district lines for the spring 2022 elections. The Democratic governor is unlikely to sign the gun legislation and has expressed reservations about the redistricting legislation. Get daily updates on the Packers during the season. A ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ The Senate passed Assembly Bill 293 on a voice vote. It is meant to exempt firearms in Wisconsin from federal gun laws and regulations. Similar measures have been found unconstitutional in other states because state laws can’t override federal ones. If signed into law deemed constitutional, the legislation would prevent Wisconsin law enforcement officials from confiscating guns from those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses, according to nonpartisan lawyers for the Legislature. That’s because there is no state law that corresponds with a federal law allowing guns to be taken from such offenders. The legislation is part of a national response from Republicans to fend off gun legislation they fear Democrats in Congress and President Joe Biden may impose. Specifically, the Wisconsin legislation would prohibit the enforcement of laws that restrict gun or ammunition sales or require the seizure of weapons. Backers contend the Wisconsin bill would make the state a "Second Amendment sanctuary." The bill would also […]

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