Waukesha moms support stronger gun laws

Posted at 9:46 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 23:21:41-04

WAUKESHA -- The debate over gun laws is getting the attention of several groups in Waukesha, including moms.

"I'm just really tired of seeing all the gun violence," explained Leslie Adams of the group Moms Demand Action.

Demonstrators came together in downtown Waukesha Monday to take a stand for universal background checks on all firearm sales.  Right now in the state of Wisconsin, a background check is only required if you buy a firearm from a licensed dealer. When a firearm is sold privately, anyone can walk away with a weapon. 

Leslie Adams believes in "gun sense."

"I'm a mom and I'm afraid for my children."

The Washington County mom and the group Moms Demand Action believe in a program called Be SMART.  

"If you have guns keep them safe, secured, locked up so that children can't get to to them," said Adams.

A congressional candidate was in the midst of the crowd. Khary Penabaker believes background checks save lives.  This is an issue that hits close to home for him.

"In Wisconson overall more than 70 percent of all gun deaths are gun suicides like my mom," explained Khary Penebaker, 5th Congressional District Candidate. 

Demonstrators tell us background checks aren't a burden, while the Director of the Wisconsin Pro-Gun movement believes they don't just affect sales, but any transfer of possession.  Jim Fendry said background checks come down to time and money.

"If you or I wanted to transfer possession of a gun we'd have to leave here, go to a gun dealer, pay him to letter this gun into his books and then he and then only could he make a background check on both me and you," said Jim Fendry, of the Wisconson Pro-Gun Movement.

Fendry doesn't believe another gun law will  help put a stop to violence.

"The criminals wouldn't pay any attention to it at all.  It would have no effect on them, said Fendry.