4 lawmakers to introduce bipartisan legislation they believe will help curb gun violence in Milwaukee

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Double homicide at 26th and Hopkins in July 2016

MADISON — Senator Alberta Darling, R-River Hills said in a statement to FOX6 News on Thursday, January 19th she and three other lawmakers are set to introduce a bill they believe will help curb gun violence in Milwaukee.

The bi-partisan bill will be introduced by Darling, Senator LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin and Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee.

Darling said the bill will help take guns out of the hands of criminals who aren’t allowed to have them in the first place.

“This bill gives prosecutors more opportunities to take criminals off the street. We’ve worked together with local officials for months to find a bipartisan solution that will make Milwaukee safer,” Darling said in the statement.

Senator Darling said the bill would do the following:

  • Prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor on three separate occasions within five years. The criminal penalty would be a Class G felony. (Fines up to $25,000, up to 10 years in prison or both).
  • Prohibit an individual from buying a firearm intending to give it to a person who is banned from possessing a firearm. The criminal penalty would be a Class G felony.
  • Prohibit an individual from giving or possessing a firearm for someone who is banned from possessing a firearm. The criminal penalty would be a Class G felony.
  • Add a question to the state notification form about straw purchasers. Lying about being a straw purchaser on the state form would be a Class H felony. (Fines up to $10,000, imprisonment up to six years or both)

Darling said they’re currently seeking co-sponsors for the legislation.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued this statement regarding the legislation:

“I am grateful for the leadership of Senator Alberta Darling and the co-sponsors of this bill, Senator LaTonya Johnson, and Representatives Joe Sanfelippo and David Bowen.  I am pleased they share my commitment to making Milwaukee safer and keeping firearms out of the hands of habitual criminals.  I applaud the bi-partisan support and am hopeful all members of the legislature put their support behind this important bill.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn issued this statement:

“With the passing of this bill, Milwaukee will be made safer by prohibiting career criminals who currently may legally carry a firearm, from carrying one in the future.  Adding penalties for furnishing or possessing a firearm for a prohibited person will add real consequences for those who aid in arming felony offenders.”

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • Cool...I guess.

    If we could get the judges to give DECENT sentences instead of 5-10 for murder, Slap on the wrist for car jackings and armed robbery we’d be doing a little better. Also Gang members should be treated and sentenced as terrorists!

  • RedHot

    Those last 3 points are already federal laws.
    We don’t need more state laws, we need enforcement of existing laws.

  • Opinion8d

    It sounds like more of the same laws that aren’t being enforced today (as REDHOT mentioned). The problem is the DA/mayor and politicians who think we incarcerate too many people and refuse to charge people and instead plea to lesser offenses. And as we see, more law abiding citizens need to be armed to protect themselves so I would hope they would focus on the real problems.

  • Downwiththehood

    How about getting rid of Barrett, Flynn and Chisholm then let the police do their jobs and get a prosecution that actually has a set and will send these waste of spaces to prison.

  • Haters paradise

    You wanna curb gun violence? Introduce a $10,000 child birth tax. Your child can not leave the hospital or attain a birth certificate until you pay $10,000. I predict crime would PLUMMET STEADILY over 20 years. For all the naysayers ; set the money aside for public schools or other programs geared towards children (so you basically get the money back.) Also, studies show it cost $250,000 to raise a child to 18, if you can’t come up with $10,000, you have no business reproducing.

  • 'Murica (@AllenLee0701)

    LOL come live in reality and you’ll see how laughable those “add-ons” are. They don’t follow the laws now and you think because YOU all say this is what will happen, they are going to care? Come on over here into our world and lets see if your “laws” make any difference. Sheesh. The judges are just as corrupt as the criminals. Barrett and Flynn know nothing will change but had to put their two cents in “just because”.

  • im just sayin

    I wonder about if a person has no convictions but has a history of mental illnesses by military gov diagnosis would they quality to buy or purchuse a firarm, would this law fit their criteria also ‘ just wondering

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