(SF GATE) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed an expansion of background checks for gun sales in the state and called on Republicans who control the Legislature to pass the measure, even though GOP leaders have said they don't support such a move.
"It's time to stop waiting for permission from the NRA," said Evers, a Democrat, at a news conference to announce the bill. "Enough is enough, folks. This is a moderate proposal, folks. It's time to be bipartisan and it's time to lead."
Evers' proposal require background checks for handgun purchases with numerous exceptions. Sales to a firearm dealer, a law enforcement officer or member of the armed services, firearms classified as antiques or a gift or inheritance to a family member would not be covered.
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Even with the exemptions, Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said the bill would crack down on sales of guns online, at auctions and gun shows, which are not covered by federal law that requires background checks only on guns sold through licensed firearm dealers.