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Nusaiba Mizan
By Nusaiba Mizan March 9, 2021

Plan calls for a universal background check requirement for all firearm sales

In his first budget, Gov. Tony Evers tried to expand background checks and put in place gun restrictions but to no avail. The Republican-led Legislature blocked the change.

The governor's 2021-23 budget proposal puts the matter back on the table.

Evers' plan calls for a universal background check requirement for all firearm sales.

The bill prohibits any person from transferring any firearm, including the frame or receiver of a firearm, unless the transfer occurs through a federally licensed firearms dealer and involves a Wisconsin Department of Justice background check.

It also proposes what is known as a "red flag" law, which would allow a judge to bar people deemed a threat to themselves or others from having a gun for a set period. A family member or law enforcement officer would be able to seek such an order.

Like many of the governor's proposals, this one may well die in the Legislature.

But, it's on the table again. So for now we rate this promise In the Works.


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Eric Litke
By Eric Litke November 19, 2019

Evers finding no traction for gun control changes

Gov. Tony Evers' push for gun control changes in Wisconsin came to a head in the November 2019 do-nothing special session, but it's hardly a new point of emphasis for the Democratic leader.

Evers said on the 2018 campaign trail he supports universal background checks, regulating certain firepower that allows rapid firing and other protections.

But the Republican Legislature has blocked all attempts to address the subject.

Evers' recent gun control efforts focused on two proposals:

Red flag laws — These allow judges to temporarily remove firearms from people acting dangerously. They are also referred to as Emergency Risk Protection Orders.

Universal background checks — These measures require background checks for sales by private parties, in addition to gun dealers, which are already required by federal law.''

Evers called the Legislature into a special session on gun control Nov. 7, 2019, but leaders of the Assembly and Senate each took less than a minute to shut down the session without debate or votes on either proposal. Evers has said he may call another special session.

So Evers has tried to address background checks as promised, but without success. He has not introduced any proposal on the other specifics mentioned before his election. And the first of his two budgets this term also did not address any of the gun control promises.

Evers still has time to address this with three years remaining in his term, but for now we rate this promise Stalled.

Our Sources

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, What you need to know about where Scott Walker and Tony Evers stand on guns, Oct. 29, 2018

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tony Evers called lawmakers in Thursday to act on guns. GOP leaders rejected it within seconds, Nov. 8, 2019

Wisconsin Public Radio, Gov. Tony Evers May Call Another Special Session On State Gun Laws, Nov. 18, 2019

PolitiFact Wisconsin, Fact-checking guns ahead of Wisconsin's special session, Nov. 6, 2019

Email exchange with Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, Nov. 18-19, 2019

Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Comparative Summary of Provisions, 2019 Act 9, 2019-21 State Budget, August 2019

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