Evers Calls Special Session On Gun Violence Bills

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Gov. Tony Evers.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will call lawmakers into a special session next month to address gun violence.

He made the announcement on Monday morning.

"Since taking office in January, I have called on the Legislature to take action and pass commonsense gun safety reform time and time again, giving Republican leadership the opportunity to hear the people of our state and to do the right thing," Evers said in a statement.  "Today I am delivering on my promise to call a special session to address gun violence across our state and I'm calling on Republicans to work with Democrats to get this done."

Executive Order 54, which Evers signed Monday, will call the legislature into session on Nov. 7.

Evers wants lawmakers to act on a bill requiring universal background checks and another creating a “red-flag law.”  That would allow judges to take guns from people considered a danger.

The Evers administration pointed out people in Wisconsin support the moves at an 80 percent rate, according to a Marquette Law School poll.  But many Republicans remain skeptical of the measures.

WXPR’s Ben Meyer will be at a press conference with Evers in Wausau on Monday and will update this story.