Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 20, 2019
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers is going Beto, saying he’d consider a government buyback program to “reduce the number of firearms in the state.”
The governor joined fellow Democrats Thursday in unveiling a controversial “red flag” bill, aimed at removing firearms from people perceived to be threats.
Evers went a step further, saying he was mulling a government-backed gun buyback initiative that would mandate firearms owners sell their “assault weapons” to the government.
The idea, similar to what Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has called for on the campaign trail, was instantly blasted by Republican legislative leaders.
“It’s widely known that we believe this legislation poses threats to due process and the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said in a joint statement.
“Today in a partial answer to a reporter’s question Governor Evers revealed Democrats’ real agenda: taking away firearms that are lawfully owned, which is unacceptable. Wisconsin laws already say if you’re a felon, you lose your right to own a gun. With Governor Evers considering confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, it shows just how radical Democrats have become,” the press release continued.
“Last year, Republicans passed $100 million in school safety grants. We’re continuing to work on finding bipartisan solutions by focusing on improvements in our mental health care system. We hope the suicide prevention task force will provide a template for ideas that can actually earn bipartisan support and become law.”
Evers told reporters he is focused on universal background checks and the red-flag bill, but that he would consider a Beto O’Rourke-style gun buyback program. On the campaign trail, failed U.S. Senate candidate-turned-presidential hopeful O’Rourke said, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
Neither politician seems too concerned about the legal challenges such proposals would face under the Second Amendment.