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Money & Politics column: Gun background check bills languish

6:04 PM, Mar. 15, 2014
Lawmakers and others present 16,500 petition signatures at a Feb. 27 press conference at the State Capitol in Madison.
Lawmakers and others present 16,500 petition signatures at a Feb. 27 press conference at the State Capitol in Madison.
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Here's a safe prediction: Among the many things the state Legislature won't get around to doing in the session that ends in early April is making it harder for people who aren't supposed to have firearms obtain them.

SB 124 and companion AB 138, to extend background checks to private firearm sales and gun shows, were introduced in April and have languished in committee. No hearings. No debate. Almost no comment from the lawmakers holding them up.

The Legislature, fumes state Rep. Terese Berceau of Madison, one of the bill's 35 co-sponsors (all Democrats), has "done nothing whatsoever to ...

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