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Evers Faults Republicans for Punting on Guns

Evers Faults Republicans for Punting on Guns

from Associated Press reports
Created: November 08, 2019 10:56 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers says Republicans in the Legislature just told a majority of Wisconsin residents to "go jump in a lake" by not voting on a pair of gun control measures.

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The Senate and Assembly on Thursday both essentially ignored the governor's call for a special session to take up a universal background check and "red flag" bill.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald convened and then immediately adjourned the session about 30 seconds later in an empty Senate chamber. The Assembly was in session about 10 seconds.

Evers cited polls showing more than 80% support for the issues and said Republicans didn't have the courage to take a vote. Evers says Republicans "did so at their own peril" because now they have to explain their action to voters.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos accused Evers of playing politics and said he wasn't going to vote on bills he knew wouldn't pass.

"I don't necessarily want to spend a bunch of time playing politics with this which is what it seems our Democratic colleagues want to do," Vos said.

Vos says Republicans won't support the bills because they infringe upon Second Amendment gun rights.

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