The Republican majorities in the Wisconsin State Legislature are drawing fire from one local lawmaker for calling to order special sessions on gun safety regulations and immediately adjourning without discussion. The special sessions were called by Democratic Governor Tony Evers to consider a pair of bills that would restrict firearms ownership. State Senator Dave Hansen, a Democrat from Green Bay, says Wisconsin residents want to be heard on those bills. He says he can't believe that GOP lawmakers don't appear to be listening.
GOP legislative leaders indicated in advance they would reject Evers's call for a special session on gun regulations. That follows a Marquette University poll that showed 80-percent of respondents favoring universal background checks on all firearms sales and so-called red flag laws, which would require anyone deemed to be a threat by a court to surrender their firearms.