Dane County Supervisor Calls for Assault Weapons Ban
December 21, 2012
Supervisor Sharon Corrigan (608) 333-2285
Dane County Supervisor Sharon Corrigan (District 26, Middleton) introduced a resolution this week calling for President Obama, the United States Congress and the Wisconsin legislature to enact a number of measures to curb access to certain kinds of firearms and to reduce the number of guns in the hands of criminals in order to reduce the number and impact of mass shootings in the United States.
“From a grocery store parking lot to a movie theater to a place of worship here in Wisconsin to an elementary school, this crushing string of mass shootings has one thing in common -- the wrong kind of guns in the hands of the wrong kinds of people,” said County Supervisor Sharon Corrigan, the lead sponsor of the resolution. “We can talk about the culture of violence, we can talk about mental health care, we can talk about a wide range of long-term solutions. But the first step is clear -- get the assault weapons off the streets.”
The resolution calls on the federal government to “renew and strengthen the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and also ban domestic and imported large capacity ammunition magazines.”
It further urges the Wisconsin legislature to “ban habitual criminals from obtaining concealed carry permits, make the purchase of a firearm for someone who is prohibited from possessing a firearm a felony, make the possession of a concealed firearm by those prohibited under Wisconsin law a felony, and require that private gun sales be subject to criminal background checks performed by a federally licensed gun dealer.”
The Dane County Board will consider the resolution in January.
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