Bill Would Restrict DA’s Dismissing Gun Charges

Prosecutors would need a judge’s permission to dismiss some gun charges under a proposal from a Republican state legislator.

Republican state Senator Van Wanggaard says he doesn’t want prosecutors tossing out weapons charges as part of plea deals, or to avoid lengthy trials.

Wanggaard says too many felons are getting away with carrying guns in Wisconsin. Democrat Lena Taylor counters Wisconsin cannot, quote, “mass-incarcerate” its way out of violent crime. She warns that putting limits prosecutors will mean more people in jail, and longer waits for trials.