Rep. Richards Reaffirms Call to Pass Universal Background Checks Law
Today, Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) reaffirmed his call for a public hearing and passage of his bill to require criminal background checks for all firearms transactions in Wisconsin.
Madison—Today, Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) reaffirmed his call for a public hearing and passage of his bill to require criminal background checks for all firearms transactions in Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 138 has languished in the Assembly Criminal Justice Committee for over nine months, despite repeated requests for a hearing by Richards and members of the public. Richards released the following statement calling for a hearing and passage of AB 138.
“Every day we delay this bill is another day a criminal can get their hands on a gun. What is it going to take for this legislature to get serious about passing real reforms to prevent criminals from obtaining guns? Another spa shooting? Another temple shooting? It has been over a year and we have done nothing to prevent another tragedy.
“Far too many firearms purchased in Wisconsin are sold without a background check because these guns are not purchased from a federally licensed dealer. Universal background checks would make it significantly harder for felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people who cannot legally possess firearms from getting their hands on guns.
“It is time to advance Assembly Bill 138 in the legislative process. We need to use the information available through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check to help keep guns out of the hands of felons, drug abusers, the severely mentally ill or others who are prohibited from owning firearms.
“Over 70% of Wisconsin voters support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. It’s time to listen to the people. Universal background checks will make our communities safer.”
Richards along with Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) and Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee) are co-authors of Assembly Bill 138 and Senate Bill 124, companion bills that would mandate background checks on firearm purchases in Wisconsin.
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