Barrett, anti-violence advocates back new gun legislation
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, local lawmakers, the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort and a survivor of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting gathered on the steps of City Hall to speak out about gun violence.
Mayor Barrett says, "I am asking citizens in Southeastern Wisconsin and throughout Wisconsin to contact their members of congress, and let them know how important it is that they support this initiative."
The initiative proposed by President Obama includes instituting universal background checks, banning military style assault weapons, and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Democratic State Representative Jon Richards says, "Call Governor Walker. Call Attorney J.B. Van Hollen, and ask them to support these common sense gun measures."
Tony Gibart from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence says current law failed when Radcliff Haughton brought a gun on the internet, and opened fire at a Brookfield salon and spa.
Meanwhile assault weapons and high capacity magazines are flying off the shelves at Shorty's Shooting Sport's in West Allis. Customer Joshua Pluta says, "If they are going to be banned, they are no longer going to be available for purchase. I want to make sure I have plenty to keep."
Wisconsin Pro-Gun-Movement Founder Jim Fendry hopes the ban never passes. He thinks criminals will ignore the law, and banning high capacity magazines will not slow down a shooter.