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Evers pushes for background checks, Chippewa Valley gun shop owner calls it “crazy”

(WQOW) – In the wake of recent mass shootings, Democrats in Wisconsin are introducing a universal background check bill and a local gun shop owner is not in favor of it.

Governor Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul and members of the legislature came together on Thursday morning calling for lawmakers to pass a law requiring universal background checks statewide.

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Right now, only licensed gun dealers have to conduct background checks on firearm sales.

Governor Evers said that loophole needs to be closed.

“Bottom line is that the vast majority of gun owners and Wisconsinites across our state agree with us,” Evers said. “No matter what kind of firearm you’re buying or where you’re buying it from the process should be the same for everyone.”

The proposal includes some exceptions like gun transfers between family members.

A gun store owner in Lake Hallie believes people should not be forced into background checks.

“Not that we’re opposed to it, but we’re against having that done as far as to the general public. If it’s something you want to do personally, that’s your right to do that and we’re here to help you with that. However, being told you have to do that, that’s crazy,” said Dan Marcon, owner of Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie.

A majority of Republican leaders don’t support background checks – saying they won’t be effective at curbing gun violence.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said it is unlikely the legislature would consider the plan on the floor.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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