Local reaction to expanded background checks deal

Milwaukee mayor, police chief, and victims' family members show support


by Mike Strehlow

Milwaukee--Three years after her daughter Rosalind Ross was shot to death by her longtime roommate, Pamela Collins stood with Milwaukee's Mayor and Police Chief in support of a compromise to expand background checks to more gun buyers.

"I lost my daughter Rosalind Ross to gunfire. It's a feeling that never goes away."  "So I begging the senators to do your job,"  Pamela Collins said during a Wednesday news conference.

Mayor Barrett said it's a step in the right direction.  "Not having background checks at gun shows, not having background checks for online sales, I belive has been a key missing ingredient to how we reduce violence in our country." 

Police Chief Ed Flynn said, "No law is perfect, but what this does do is close a significant loophole."

A loophole that allowed Brookfield salon gunman Radcliff Haugton to buy a handgun online from a private seller despite a restraining order against him. 

Before the compromise was announced Wednesday, 14 republican senators including Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, vowed to block debate from happening. 

But since then, many have said they wil not join in the fillibuster, and will allow discussion to begin on the senate floor as early as Thursday. 







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