MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 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.
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement regarding the Governor's request for red flag laws:
"It's widely known that we believe this legislation poses threats to due process and the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
"Today in a partial answer to a reporter's question Governor Evers revealed Democrats' real agenda: taking away firearms that are lawfully owned, which is unacceptable. Wisconsin laws already say if you're a felon, you lose your right to own a gun. With Governor Evers considering confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, it shows just how radical Democrats have become.
"Last year, Republicans passed $100 million in school safety grants. We're continuing to work on finding bipartisan solutions by focusing on improvements in our mental health care system. We hope the suicide prevention task force will provide a template for ideas that can actually earn bipartisan support and become law."