Evers joins Kaul in supporting 'red flag' disarmament law
MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is joining with fellow Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul in supporting a law allowing judges to take away firearms from people determined to be a threat to themselves or others.
Kaul voiced his support for a so-called "red flag" law during his inaugural speech Monday. In his speech, Kaul said law enforcement and families would be able to ask a judge to grant the order. And on Wednesday, Evers told reporters that he would also support such a law if there's documentation to prove that "someone is incapable of owning and using a firearm."
Thirteen states have some version of a "red flag" law.
Wispolitics.com reported Monday that Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he was "open to the idea" of the "red flag" law in Wisconsin but was concerned about the scope being too broad.
Former police officer and Marine, Jim Fendry is the director of the Wisconsin Pro Gun Movement and says Wisconsin's constitution strongly protects the right to bear arms.
"Once you have a right to keep something or do something you can't merely get rid of it by passing a law. Even though there may be some merit in the idea, in some cases it might not be constitutional just because people have rights," said Fendry.
Fendry says pro-gun lawmakers will likely look at the fine print of any bill that would be introduced, and he said "I think everybody is concerned about school safety," but he proposes another way to keep students safe.
"If you ever have an opportunity to walk through a school as an adult and look around and say, 'What would you do if there was some active shooter there, beginning to fire? How would you defend yourself? How could you protect yourself or fight back?' You'd quickly realize the only think you can do is what they do in the military. When you're attacked, when you're ambushed, you attack the ambush. They need guns,: said Fendry.