Bill would let rifles and shotguns be purchased from any U.S. dealerRepublicans have introduced legislation that would allow Wisconsin residents to buy rifles and shotguns from dealers around the nation.
By: Breann Schossow, Wisocnsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Republicans have introduced legislation that would allow Wisconsin residents to buy rifles and shotguns from dealers around the nation.
The bill would end the current restriction that only allows buyers to purchase long guns in neighboring states.
“You think about a hunter who goes out west hunting, as a lot of people in Wisconsin do,” says Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. “They buy a gun in Colorado or Montana. They should be able to legally bring that long gun back to the state of Wisconsin.”
Critics of the legislation like Rep. Terese Berceau, D-Madison, call it a gold star for legislators who support the National Rifle Association. Berceau thinks the bill will move quickly through the legislature.
“I don't see anything that's going to stop this bill,” Berceau said. Backers of the legislation say it will help gun owners find firearms that aren't readily available in or around Wisconsin. The bill has a number of Republican sponsors in both the Assembly and the Senate.