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MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is accusing Republicans of chasing conspiracy theories with a $680,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election.

Kaul said Thursday that they should instead pass a pair of laws designed to reduce gun violence. Kaul is a Democrat who is up for reelection next year.

He appeared with a host of Democratic lawmakers and gun safety advocates at a news conference to renew the call for a universal background check and "red flag" law.

Both have been repeatedly rejected by Republicans who control the state Legislature.

"Universal background checks it's a start, and today we are gathered to say we need to do something, something to take action, something to say that the lives lost have a price," said State Sen. Lena Taylor, (D-Milwaukee).

Eighty percent of Wisconsin voters say they support expanding background checks, according to polling from Marquette University Law School. 

Republican legislative leaders had no immediate comment on what Kaul said.

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