MADISON, WI – Today, Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison), Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Legislative Democrats introduced bills to address the gun violence epidemic in Wisconsin. If passed, the bills would enact an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) system and require universal background checks on every gun sale and transfer. Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) issued the following statement in support:
“Gun violence is a pervasive issue affecting communities in every corner of Wisconsin. In Racine alone, we have seen multiple tragedies involving gun violence in recent months. As legislators, we need to act to ensure that our neighbors can live in a safe community without the fear of gun violence.
“The two policies introduced today — extreme risk protection orders and universal background checks — are proven, tested policies that help to save lives. These are common-sense solutions to problems that have deadly consequences, and other states are seeing the results. Wisconsin can’t wait any longer to take meaningful action to curb gun violence and enact this legislation.”
“I am proud to join Sen. Agard, Attorney General Kaul, and my Democratic colleagues in advocating for common-sense tools to help reduce violence and trafficking, while protecting law-abiding gun owners. When more than 80% of Wisconsinites support extreme risk protection orders and required background checks for all gun purchases, it’s time to pass these bills. Continued legislative inaction is unacceptable.”