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WI Attorney General Discusses Special Session on Gun Violence


A special legislative session called by Governor Tony Evers is scheduled for this Thursday that is aimed at addressing gun violence. The Governor signed an executive order last month asking the legislature to act on two proposals: one which would require universal background checks for all gun purchases in Wisconsin, the other would create “red flag” laws that would give family members and law enforcement the ability to intervene when a person is at risk of harming themselves or others.

Despite opposition from Republicans, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul tells us a majority of Wisconsinites support the new laws, and he hopes that the legislature will listen to the people of the state. “What I’m hoping is that people speak up about this, they contact their legislators, and they let them know that it’s time to put public safety first on these issues,” Kaul said. “If we keep putting pressure on folks, they’re hopefully going to take these issues up eventually.” Kaul cites a recent Marquette University Law School Poll where 80 percent of people said they support background checks, and 81 percent showed support for “red flag” laws.

Both Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have both voiced their opposition to the special session, and it’s expected that the session will be opened, but then be immediately adjourned.

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