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Wisconsin: Anti-Gun Bills To Be Heard This Week!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

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
(608) 266-5342
Rep.Parisi@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Chuck Benedict (D-45) Vice-Chair
(608) 266-9967
Rep.Benedict@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Donna Seidel (D-85)
(608) 266-0654
Rep.Seidel@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Frederick Kessler (D-12)
(608) 266-5813
Rep.Kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts (D-79)
(608) 266-3520 
Rep.Pope-Roberts@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Ted Zigmunt (D-2)
(608) 266-9870
Rep.Zigmunt@legis.wisconsin.gov 

State Representative Sandy Pasch (D-22)
(608) 266-7671
Rep.Pasch@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Karl Van Roy (R-90)
(608) 266-0616
Rep.VanRoy@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Mark Gundrum (R-84)
(608) 267-5158
Rep.Gundrum@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Steve Kestell (R-27)
(608) 266-8530 
Rep.Kestell@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Daniel LeMahieu (R-59)
(608) 266-9175
Rep.LeMahieu@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Edward Brooks (R-50)
(608) 266-8531 
Rep.Brooks@legis.wisconsin.gov


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
(608) 266-5810
Sen.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-5) Vice-Chair
(608) 266-2512
Sen.Sullivan@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-27)
(608) 266-6670
Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-20)
(608) 266-7513 
Sen.Grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov

State Senator Randy Hopper (R-18)
(608) 266-5300
Sen.Hopper@legis.wisconsin.gov

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