MADISON, WI (AP)– 10:40 AM UPDATE: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he would consider mandatory buybacks for assault weapons.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke has been pushing for mandatory buybacks on the campaign trail. Republicans have balked at the idea.
Asked if he supports mandatory buybacks during a news conference Thursday to introduce a red flag bill, Evers said he would consider the idea.
He didn’t elaborate, saying he was focused on trying to get the red flag bill and a universal background check bill that Democrats introduced last month passed.
The measures come in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
The proposals have virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The Wisconsin GOP has said restricting gun access won’t stop mass shootings and attention should instead focus on mental health.
9:05 AM UPDATE: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers are introducing a “red flag” bill that would allow judges to seize guns from someone determined to be a threat.
Evers unveiled the proposal Thursday. It comes after the governor and fellow Democrats introduced a universal background check bill in August. The proposals come in the wake of several mass shootings across the country.
The bills have virtually no chance of clearing the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The GOP has long insisted that restricting access to guns won’t stop mass shootings and would infringe on Second Amendment rights. They say the answer is focusing on mental health.
Evers has floated calling a special session on the bills but the move would be mostly symbolic. He can’t force Republicans to take up the proposals.