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