MADISON, Wis.—Tonight the U.S. Senate took a historic step to preventing future gun violence in America by passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act by a vote of 65-33. Senator Ron Johnson voted no on the measure, despite a new Marquette Law School poll showing an overwhelming majority of Wisconsin residents support taking action on new gun safety policies.

Meghan Roh, Opportunity Wisconsin program director:
“Wisconsin has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, and an average of 641 Wisconsinites die by guns each year. Despite this, and the Badger State’s overwhelming support for common sense reforms, Senator Johnson today voted against a bipartisan compromise to address the epidemic of gun violence. Senator Johnson has once again shown that his unwavering loyalty to powerful special interests is more important than his duty to represent the people of Wisconsin. When will enough be enough for Senator Ron Johnson?”

Since early 2021, Opportunity Wisconsin has been working  to hold Senator Johnson accountable to his constituents and to demand he vote for policies that support Wisconsin residents. In addition to holding conversations with Wisconsin workers and families across the Badger State, Opportunity Wisconsin has spent over $5 million in TV ads urging Senator Johnson to focus his work in Washington on addressing the economic needs of his constituents and to stop putting his personal profits over the people of Wisconsin.

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