Gov. Evers considers mandatory buybacks on assault weapons

Gov. Tony Evers is sending a message to Republican leadership: if they don’t act on gun reform legislation he’ll call a special legislative session to take up the issue. 

The gun debate was again front and center at the capitol. This time the spotlight fell on a proposal for extreme risk protection orders, also known as “red flag laws.” It would allow law enforcement and family members to take guns from someone a judge agrees is a threat to themselves or others. 

“This would save lives,” said Gov. Evers at a press conference. “My God, why would we be against saving lives?”  

Just a month ago, a bill was introduced by Democrats for universal background checks. But both proposals face strong opposition from Republican leadership. 

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