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Legislature may ok gun violence mental health study


UNDATED (WSAU)  Wisconsin Republicans say they’ll support a study on how mental health issues affect gun violence – but they’ll refuse to limit people’s access to the guns themselves. While Congress and other states consider gun control measures, there’s been very little talk among lawmakers in Madison to do something.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend, a member of the N-R-A, said he’d be surprised if his G-O-P majority passes anything this session to restrict gun access. President Obama has cited last summer’s killings of six people at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek as a reason to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and make all gun buyers undergo standard background checks – private sales included. Senate Democrat Fred Risser of Madison says he’s working on a package similar to Obama’s, plus a ban on weapons in certain parts of the State Capitol.

He expects to have the package ready in a few days. Risser said it might take several terms to get his proposals passed. He said a bill sometimes quote, “just has to be introduced over and over again before the timing is right.”