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Evers to Talk Gun Safety with GOP Leaders

Evers to Talk Gun Safety with GOP Leaders Photo: WDIO-TV, file

Created: August 06, 2019 04:34 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to meet next week with Republican legislative leaders to discuss a pair of gun control measures in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

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Evers' spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff says the governor called both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Monday night to talk about the issue. Both Vos and Fitzgerald agreed to meet next week.

Evers on Monday called on the Legislature to pass a universal background check bill and a so-called red flag law that would make it easier to take guns away from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others.

Both neither Fitzgerald nor Vos have voiced support for either measure. Both Fitzgerald and Vos have been cool to the "red flag" proposal, saying it could be too broad.

Fitzgerald said Tuesday that any new proposals will be discussed by Republicans in closed caucus this fall, "like we always do."

Baldauff says the governor is hoping for bipartisan support to pass the bills as quickly as possible.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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