As we alerted you before, two anti-gun proposals, LRB-2912 and LRB-4543 have been assigned bill numbers and referred to committees. The bill numbers are Senate Bill 643 and Assembly Bill 914. AB 914 has been scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday, April 7 at 1:05pm in the Committee on Corrections and the Courts. The Senate Judiciary Committee will then hear companion bill, SB 643, on Thursday, April 8 at 11:00am.
This is among the most drastically anti-gun legislation introduced in Wisconsin for some time. Gun control advocates refer to this legislation as a “fix” for the so-called “gun show loophole.” Nevertheless, it goes far beyond point-of-sale background checks.
These proposals would…
- Require that transfers of the ownership of privately-owned firearms be conducted through a federally licensed dealer. This means if you wanted to sell your firearm to a trusted friend, you would have to conduct the transaction through an FFL and pay whatever transfer fees the dealer cared to impose.
- Go WAY beyond federal restrictions for firearm possession and impose additional prohibitions based on mere misdemeanor convictions.
- Require firearm transfer records to be sent to the Department of Justice, thereby creating a registry of these privately-owned firearms.
- Allow the Department to disclose these records for whatever “research” it deemed appropriate.
Please contact the committee members and urge them to oppose AB 914 and SB 643. Also contact your legislator and urge him or her to oppose these bills if they advance to the Assembly or Senate floor. To contact members of the Wisconsin legislature click here. Contact info for the respective committees is listed below.
Wednesday, April 7, 1:00 pm, State Capitol North Hearing Room (Second Floor)
Hearing on AB 914
Assembly Committee on Corrections and the Courts
State Representative Joe Parisi (D-48) Chair
State Representative Chuck Benedict (D-45) Vice-Chair
State Representative Donna Seidel (D-85)
State Representative Frederick Kessler (D-12)
State Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts (D-79)
State Representative Ted Zigmunt (D-2)
State Representative Sandy Pasch (D-22)
State Representative Karl Van Roy (R-90)
State Representative Mark Gundrum (R-84)
State Representative Steve Kestell (R-27)
State Representative Daniel LeMahieu (R-59)
State Representative Edward Brooks (R-50)
Thursday, April 8, 11:00 am, State Capitol Room 411 South
Hearing on SB 643
Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing
State Senator Lena Taylor (D-4) Chair
State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-5) Vice-Chair
State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-27)
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-20)
State Senator Randy Hopper (R-18)