GOP: Don't look for new gun restrictions in Wis.

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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In October, a man killed his wife and two others at a Brookfield spa using a semi-automatic handgun he bought from a private owner. His wife had just taken out a restraining order against him days earlier that required him to turn in all his firearms.

Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, a Republican from Abbotsford, said he'll listen to ideas on cutting gun violence but "they can't go too far."

"We're not going to limit how many ammunition clips people can have," Suder said. "That is a red herring and cannot solve any gun crime."

Suder said a good way to prevent gun violence is to study mental illness. He lauded the recent creation of a lawmaker-led, bipartisan mental health task force. Gov. Scott Walker also has proposed a nearly $29 million bump in funding for mental health services, something he said was motivated in part by recent shootings in Wisconsin.

Some Democrats are drafting bills in line with Obama's recommendations, even though they acknowledge little hope of passage without support from the Republican majority.

Sen. Fred Risser, a Madison Democrat, is working on proposals to tighten background checks, prohibit weapons in certain areas of the Capitol and restrict magazines and assault weapons. He planned to bring them forward by the end of February.

Risser, a state lawmaker for more than five decades, said it might take several terms to get a bill passed.

"Many legislators don't want to get involved with hot-button issues if they don't have to," he said. "Sometimes a single (piece of) legislation just has to be introduced over and over again before timing is right."