Candidates for governor weigh in on gun laws

MADISON (WKOW) — With the recent Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, both candidates running for governor are revisiting gun laws.

Democrat Tony Evers said on Monday, if elected, he’s willing to toughen licensing requirements on Wisconsin’s concealed carry law. It’s a bill his opponent Governor Scott Walker passed in 2011. Walker’s campaign said the governor does not support any changes to concealed carry law.

The governor is a gun rights supporter, receiving millions from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for years.

Evers expressed his support for universal background checks, which Walker opposes. The governor also ended the state’s 48-hour waiting period to purchase a gun, a measure his opponent said is open to putting back in place. The Democrat also expressed his support to ban rapid-fire bump stocks, regulating military-style weapons and preventing people on a “no fly list” from buying guns.

“I think it’s a great place to start because it’s a huge issue to make sure people who can buy guns can safely use them,” said Evers.

While on the campaign trail, Walker said he’s proud to have passed a $100 million school safety grant that allowed districts to upgrade security measures like interior locks in classrooms and intercom systems to students and faculty.

Both candidates condemned the shooting this weekend, however, both have stark views on gun reform. It’s a big topic for some voters this election.

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