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Senate passes bill to prohibit gun confiscations

Thanks in no small part to your calls to legislators, the state Senate today passed Assembly Bill AB581. Authored by Representative Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford), this is the bill that prohibits the governor and other public officials from confiscating guns during declared states of emergency.

Under the bill, public officials will not be able to exercise emergency powers to restrict the possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display or use of firearms or ammunition.

AB581 passed in the Assembly in December by a vote of 84 to 13, with two members not present. The vote in the Senate today was 26 in favor, 5 opposed, with two members not present.

Voting against the bill were Senators Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Judy Robson (D-Beloit), Mark Miller (D-Monona) and Fred Risser (D-Madison). By their votes, these senators are on record as being in favor of allowing the governor or other public officials to confiscate firearms. Not just Evil Black rifles, or handguns, but ALL guns.

Governor Doyle’s office has said that he has not yet decided if he will sign the bill. He’s known about this bill for months, knows what it’s all about, and certainly should have decided what his position would be on the bill by now.

Please help Governor Doyle decide what his position should be by contacting his office at 608-266-1212.

Also call your state senator to thank him or her for a vote in favor of gun rights. If you don’t know who your state senator is, go to http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/ and enter your street address to get your senator’s name and contact information. Please also thank Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Wausau) for scheduling a vote on this very important bill.