GOP activists oppose ‘red flag laws,’ ‘gender transitioning & mutilation of minors’

Republican activists voted Saturday to oppose “red flag laws,” universal background checks on gun sales and the “gender transitioning & mutilation of minors.”

Dem AG Josh Kaul and Gov. Tony Evers have expressed support for red flag laws, which allow police or a family member to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who may present a danger to themselves or others.

The resolutions denounced such laws as “‘prior restraint’ laws that violate our basic civil rights, taking away a person’s Second and Fourth Amendment rights.”

The resolutions originate with local parties, are reviewed by a state committee and then make their way to the convention floor. Often, the resolutions spark passionate debate. This year, activists approved a motion to pass the resolutions en masse and there was no debate.

They included staples of past conventions, including opposing abortion. The party also expressed opposition via the resolutions to allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The resolution on gender transitioning stated those under 18 don’t have the ability to give consent to the consequences of the “possibility of being sterilized and of permanently changing their physical bodies to ‘transition’” to another gender.” It called for laws to ban anyone under 18 from being allowed to receive medical therapy for the purpose of transitioning.

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