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Gun shop owner backs bill aimed at preventing suicide by firearms

Lake Hallie (WQOW) – Representative Jesse James has introduced a bill to prevent suicides by firearms, calling it a better option to proposed red flag laws.

The bill would require the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to provide grants of up to $5,000 to gun shops and shooting ranges.

The money would be used to train staff to identify signs of suicidal behavior in customers. The money would also provide suicide prevention materials for the business owners to distribute and provide funding for voluntary firearm storage.

On Tuesday Dan Marcon, owner and operator of Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie, went to the state capitol to tell lawmakers why he supports the legislation.

“The bills like this for mental health, you know we want to help the community as much as we can and be here for them. The red flag law does not do that, especially in our community. It just hurts the people that they think they’re protecting,” said Marcon.

Representative James says the Committee on Local Government will hold a hearing next week.

If it is approved there, the measure goes up for a vote by the full Assembly in November.

Katrina Lim

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