By Tim Kowols
Buyers of rifles and shotguns would go through the same background checks as handgun purchasers in a bill passed by the Assembly Thursday as a part of a larger school security package. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the new rules would make sure no prohibited buyers would be missed as the federal government improves its background check system. The Assembly supported school safety measures in a 78-6 bipartisan vote that included $100 million in grants for districts to upgrade their security and require safety drills. First District Rep. Joel Kitchens says the bill does not solve all of the issues but believes it will be good for the state.
While many of the school safety measures will head to Governor Scott Walker’s desk for his signature, the gun control bill heads to the Senate, which ended its general business floor period for the year on Thursday.