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WI lawmakers discuss gun control after mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso

Posted at 5:30 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 18:30:37-04

After the back to back mass shootings - it's a question that frustrates people on both sides of the argument: What to do about guns?

TODAY'S TMJ4 talked with two key Wisconsin lawmakers who face this issue all the time.

"I think the grip of the NRA is very firm," Congresswoman Gwen Moore said.

The call to do something now still falls within partisan parameters.

The gun debate is once again front and center after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that killed 31 people.

"I know there are calls to rush back too Washington - just to pass a law," U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said.

In February, Congresswoman Moore and the Democratic led House closed two loopholes - one would require background checks on all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows and over the internet. The other extended the background check review period from three to ten days.

"There's only one solution and that solution is to not let special interest drive the debate," Rep. Moore said.

President Trump tweeted Friday: "Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks."

Republican Senator Ron Johnson sounded more cautious.

"First of all I think people need to understand that the vast majority of gun sales and purchases go through the background check. It's approaching 90 percent." Johnson said.

Johnson says protecting everyone's constitutional rights can be a road block for change - especially with the push for red flag laws that allow family members to raise concerns about a relative with a gun who could a danger to themselves or others.

But he says there are other options. "Let's lets start actually implementing those things that could literally mitigate some of the harm versus always pushing what is controversial and probably won't get past," Johnson said.

Next week Governor Tony Evers will meet with Republican leadership in the Assembly and Senate to talk about gun reform legislation. Gov. Evers wants to talk about red flag laws and universal background checks.