Wisconsin Legislators Consider Gun Control Bills In Wake Of Conn. Shooting

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 6:58 am

In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting, three Wisconsin Democrats say they’ll propose a trio of gun-control bills.

State Rep. Fred Kessler of Milwaukee told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he’d like to see a ban on assault rifles and military-grade ammunition. He also told the AP that people who apply for concealed-carry permits should have to pass a mental-health test.

Kessler was joined by Rep. elects Mandela Barnes and Evan Goyke. The three are still working on the bill’s language, and say that they’re open to input.

Kessler acknowledges there might be difficulty advancing the bills through both Republican-controlled chambers, but he told reporters that his GOP colleagues will be hard-pressed to vote against ensuring that concealed-carry applicants are mentally sound.

Pro-gun lobbyist James Fendry countered by saying that mandating such psychological exams will divert mental-health professionals from patients who need real help.

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