Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Badger Guns on
State Representative Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) is one of the strongest gun advocates in the state Legislature. He has been attempting to pass legislation to address straw purchases for about 10 years. Currently, the penalty for buying a firearm for someone prohibited by law from possessing a firearm is only a misdemeanor. The maximum sentence is nine months in jail. Gunderson has already authored legislation upping the penalty to a Class H felony with a maximum penalty of six years in prison.
Gunderson has issued a news release about his legislation that reads, in part:
“This legislation is not one of those feel good bills to appear tough on crime; this bill addresses a very real and growing problem by strengthening an already existing penalty. The ease with which violent felons are able to get their hands on guns is a significant factor contributing to violent crime on our streets.
This was painfully illustrated earlier this summer when two
I am a strong proponent of an individual’s Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. However, individuals who purchase handguns for felons or anyone else who is not legally able to own a gun should be treated like the criminals they are. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and face a much stiffer penalty than a misdemeanor with a maximum of nine months in jail.”
It's interesting that Gunderson's effrots in the past have failed on partisan grounds. Suddenly Democrats are coming out of the woodwork screaming that something needs to be done about straw buyers. Where have they been?
You can Gunderson’s release here.