By Tim Kowols
A law that would mark people as potentially too dangerous to possess a firearm has bipartisan support in Wisconsin. Red-flag laws, which are pending in 22 states according to the USA Today, would allow family members or law enforcement to restrict people from buying guns if they believe they are a threat to others’ safety. Republican State Assembly member Joel Kitchens says a red-flag law would be a good step towards keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people, but points to the opioid crisis in the state and the 30 bills it has passed on the topic as how complex the issue is to tackle.
Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen also agrees with red-flag laws but says other gun safety measures should be discussed as well.
Both Hansen and Kitchens say it is unlikely the issue will be taken up by the Legislature anytime soon barring an extraordinary session since both the Senate and the Assembly concluded their floor periods last week.