Recent mass shootings... democratic legislators in wisconsin are pushing for universal background checks.
A new bill introduced today would require all gun sales and transfers to be made through licensed dealers... and a background check would be required.
News 8's mal meyer joins us now to explain if the bill has a chance at passing.
Mike- the democratic legislators that helped introduce the bill today say this would close the background check loophole under current law.
Despite renewed calls for gun control... one political analyst i spoke with says the bill faces an uphill battle.
At the state capitol, democratic legislators used their own connections to gun violence to highlight the need for change.
Barnes: "gun violence has been plaguing us for a generation and nothing.
So i think it has to be asked, what is their plan?"
Governor tony evers said republicans previously would not weigh in on the issue because there was no legislation, but now there is.
The democrat said now every legislator should be asked on the record if they support it or not.
Evers: "so that their consitituants understand why they won't take a reasonable, moderate step to make our communties safer."
It's not suprising to see lawmakers use a major event to promote policy.
It's what political analysts call a "focusing event."
Chergosky: "it usually takes a crisis, like a mass shooting, to spark action."
But the two parties have framed the conversation as too many guns and lax regulation versus mental health and violence in pop culture.
Chergosky: "it seems unlikely that there's going to be agreement on this particular issue."
But what about renewed calls to address gun violence?
Chergosky says republican legislators are unlikely to face much pressure from their consitutants.
Chergosky: "where's the republican base located?
It's located increasingly in rural wisconsin."
A 2017 pew research center study found 58% of adults in rural areas have a gun in the home, while just 41% of americans in the suburbs do.
Chergosky: "the only republicans that might feel the pinch on this issue are republicans in suburbs."
Even if they're up for relection... they might not be worried about getting voted out by a democrat over lack of support for gun control.
Chergosky says they might be more worried about challengers in their own parties.
Chergosky: "if you're in that position, and you're seen as weak on guns- weak on the second amendment, that could be very damaging."
Assembly speaker robin vos and senate majority leader scott fitzgerald agreed to talk about these issues with the governor this week.
But governor evers did not comment today about what was discussed.
On a radio show today... vos reiterated that he does not support the background checks.
During the media conference today, governor evers said he could call a special session for the bill... but is hoping there will be enough support for it to pass during the regular