Contact State Reps to Support Special Session on Gun Control

The GOP is resisting Governor Evers' special session to consider legislation to bring some sanity back to gun laws. Please take a few moments to contact your Assembly Reps and Senator urging them to support legislation to create universal background checks and "red flag" laws, which would restrict a gunowner's access to a gun when they are considered a risk to themselves or others.

Here's contact information for Wauwatosa State legislators:

Dale Kooyenga

(608) 266-2512
(866) 817-6061

Rob Hutton

(608) 267-9836
(888) 534-0013

Wisconsinites want sensible gun control laws. For example in a recent MU Law School poll, an overwhelming majority backed the "red flag law" that Evers is calling for:

[Registered voters] Would you support or oppose a law allowing the police to take guns away from people who have been found by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others?
  Support Oppose Don't know n
Republican 74 15 12 182
Democrat 89 8 3 173
Independent 78 9 13 26
Other/None 49 51 0 4

So why won't Scott Fitzgerald refuse to put this to a vote? Here's one answer:

[From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign]

GOP leaders in both houses said earlier this year that they would not support legislation that puts new restrictions on buying or possessing guns. Gun control laws are routinely opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which is a strong backer of Republican legislative and statewide candidates.

The NRA has spent nearly $5.5 million during the past 20 years on outside electioneering activities to support GOP and conservative legislative and statewide candidates. Most of that, more than $4.4 million, was spent to support former GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2018 campaigns for governor. Walker lost his bid for a third four-year term last November to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has received no contributions or election support from the NRA.

In addition to outside electioneering activities, NRA political action committees have directly contributed $119,450 to all legislative and statewide candidates between January 1998 and June 2019. The top recipient of the group’s direct campaign contributions was Walker, who received $17,500 in NRA PAC contributions.

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