Democrats and governor tony evers are pushing to expand background checks on gun sales in wisconsin.... but republican leaders say it's unlikely state lawmakers will take up gun control measures.
Rose schmidt is live from the capitol... to explain what they're pushing instead... governor evers says following recent mass shootings in other states... now is the time to pass stricter gun laws... but republican leaders don't support this idea... and instead -- want expanded mental health resources.
As the one year anniversay approaches of the day a gunman opened fire at middleton software company paradigm.... foulke 15:30:44 it affected a lot of people, it took away their sense of safety and a lot of people will be imcted by this for the rest of their lives 52 police chief chuck foulke is speaking at a news conference to show his support for a democratic bill requiring background checks all gun purchases... with just a few exemptions including sales to firearm dealers, police officers and military members.
(((foulke "15:30:13 i am a proponent of closing all loopholes when it comes to purchasing or possessing firearms 20"))) this proposal would likely not have prevented the middleton shooting, because the shooter was not legally able to buy or possess a firearm... but chief foulke says it's a start... and governor tony evers says recent shootings in texas and ohio show enough is enough.
(((evers , "14:53:44 we've seen more and more of these events and those in power have failed to do much other than say geez we're sorry 52 gun violence has seemingly become a foregone conclusion 57 "))) republican assembly majority leader jim steineke says it's "disingenious to suggest that requiring background checks on private sales would have prevented the tredies we've seen as a state and nation.
Speaker robin vos says the gun control measures evers is pushing are ineffective and "very unlikely to be take up by lawmakers.
Vos says he does not support universal background checks... senate majority leader scott fitzgerald told reporters earlier this week that he doesn't either.... (((wiseye sot from fitz 34 universal -- the trouble there is there's always going to be a constituency who vote republican and that means registering your firearm 43 and they're going to be opposed to it 48)) vos is also calling for suicide prevention efforts... in addition to expanding mental health resources.
Evers has said he would consider calling a special session to pass stricter gun