MADISON- In less than 24 hours, our nation watched in horror and mourned as two communities, countless families, and hundreds of lives were shattered and altered forever in the latest horrific acts of gun violence. The two shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio demonstrated again that gun violence is an epidemic unique to our country because of powerful politicians who refuse to act. It doesn’t have to be this way.
The Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety refuses to accept thoughts and prayers as a solution to end gun violence, and we are committed to working together to pass common sense gun safety reform that we know will save countless lives.
In addition to several other gun safety proposals, our top legislative priorities this session include three major policies:
1) Universal Background Checks: Closing the “no questions asked” loophole and require background checks at gun shows and for online gun purchases;
2) Extreme Risk Protection Orders: Allowing family members or law enforcement officers to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person at risk of harming themselves or others;
3) Tax Exemption for Gun Safes: Creating a sales and use tax exemption for sales of gun safes to promote the safe storage of firearms in homes.
The Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety is a group of legislators, gun violence prevention advocates and organizations, local elected officials and law enforcement officers, gun violence victims, and concerned individuals who are all working together to put an end to gun violence in our state and country. If you would like to join our efforts and become involved in our organization, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/sXYtJQ7mvdwUhmsn7
Together, we can work collaboratively on policies that will make our communities safer for everyone.