Lawmakers due at the capitol Thursday for special session on gun violence

MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) will push for lawmakers to address gun reform Thursday. He called a special session with an executive order for the legislature to meet.

Governor Evers asked for the following two things in his executive order:

  • Legislation to close the background check loophole. He wants to require universal background checks for all gun purchases in Wisconsin.
  • Legislation to create an extreme risk protection order process. He wants family members and law enforcement to have the tools intervene when someone is at risk of harming themselves or others. This has also been referred to as red flag laws.

Republican leadership voiced strong opposition to both proposals. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued ajoint statement in Septembersaying “It’s widely known that we believe this legislation poses threats to due process and the 2nd amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Evers asked Republicans to work with Democrats to “get this done.”

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