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Scheduled start time of special session passes without any sign of Republicans

UPDATE: Special session had been scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., however, legislators have until midnight to convene.

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MADISON (WKOW) — As the 2 p.m. scheduled start arrived for the special session on gun control to begin, Democratic Senators prayed in the middle of the Senate will Republicans were nowhere in sight.

Across the capitol in the Assembly, Speaker Robin Vos is accusing Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of “playing politics” by calling a special session on gun control.

Vos said the Assembly will not debate or vote on the bills Thursday in the special session. He plans to gavel in and quickly adjourn the session. The Senate is doing the same thing.

The timing however, remains unknown.

Vos says, “I don’t necessarily want to spend a bunch of time playing politics with this which is what it seems our Democratic colleagues want to do.”

Democrats say Republicans should pass universal background checks and a “red flag” law in part because polls show broad public support.

Vos says Republicans won’t support the bills because they infringe upon Second Amendment gun rights.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WQOW Staff

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