Bill Watch Archive

2017-2018 Session

State Legislature

Bill
Position
Author/Description
Status

AB28

SB7

Support Extending expiration dates of renewed licenses to carry a concealed weapon for the entire period. The WDOJ was issuing renewal notices that cut the five-year renewal period short, which in essence short-changed licensees.  Status: Passed into law.  2017 WI Act 5
Oppose This bill outlaws private property, does nothing to thwart illegal use of firearms. Status: Stopped

AB74

 Oppose Waiting period for purchase of handguns. Status: Stopped
 AB247

SB169

 Support
Constitutional Carry. Carrying concealed weapons without state-issued permit or DOJ background check/database. 
Status: Failed
 AB258

SB197

 Oppose Current law prohibits a person from carrying a firearm in certain buildings owned or leased by the state or a local government if properly posted. This bill allows the state or a local government to post vehicles that are part of a public mass transportation system.
Status: Stopped
SB17 Oppose Creates entrapment of lawful gun owners, with no impact on use of guns by dangerous criminals. Status: Stopped
SB346 Oppose This bill requires that a person who applies to the Department of Justice for a license to carry a concealed weapon undergo at least eight hours of training, one hour of which involves shooting range experience. Status: Stopped
 SB347  Oppose This bill requires that an individual who is applying for a license to carry a concealed weapon submit, as part of his or her application, proof of general liability insurance in the amount of at least $800,000 per firearm per occurrence of bodily injury, death, or property damage that may arise out of the use of the applicant’s firearm. This bill also requires the Department of Justice to suspend a license if the licensee no longer has such an insurance policy in force.  Status: Stopped

2015-2016 Session

State Legislature

Bill Position Author/Description Status
AB13 Oppose Supporters claim the bill would make return of seized firearms easier, but there is already a petition process through the court in which a property owner may immediately apply for return of seized firearms. AB13, however, creates an assumption of guilt which properties owners assume, unless they can satisfy numerous conditions. Read alertStatus: Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
AB49 Support This bill eliminates the 48-hour waiting period on handgun purchases in Wisconsin.Under this bill, the dealer may transfer the handgun immediately after receiving notice from DOJ
that the background check indicates that the purchaser is not prohibited from
possessing a firearm.
Status: Senate version, SB35 passed into law.
SB35 SupportThis bill eliminates the 48-hour waiting period on handgun purchases in Wisconsin.Under this bill, the dealer may transfer the handgun immediately after receiving notice from DOJ
that the background check indicates that the purchaser is not prohibited from
possessing a firearm.
Status: Passed. 2015 Wisconsin Act 22
 TBD Support Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to Supporting the ‘Campus Carry Act’ under circulation by State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, and State Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg. Cosponsors
 TBD Support Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to Constitutional Carry – improving Wisconsin’s concealed carry weapons law, making carry-by-permit optional for purposes of reciprocity with other permit states only. Sponsor

2013-2014 Session

State Legislature

Bill Position Author/Description Status
AB138 Oppose Expanded background checks on sales and transfers of firearms and providing a penalty. Introduced by Representatives Richards, Berceau, Barnes, Goyke, Johnson, Bernard Schaber, Billings, Clark, Genrich, Hebl, Hesselbein, Hulsey, Kahl, Kessler, Kolste, Ohnstad, Pasch, Pope, Riemer, Ringhand, Sargent, Sinicki, C. Taylor, Wright, Young, Zamarripa and Zepnick;
cosponsored by Senators Harris, Lehman, Risser, Carpenter, Hansen, Miller, Shilling and L. Taylor
Status: Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice
SB124 Oppose Expanded background checks on sales and transfers of firearms and providing a penalty. Introduced by Senators Harris, Lehman, Risser, Carpenter, Hansen, Miller, Shilling and L. Taylor;
cosponsored by Representatives Richards, Berceau, Barnes, Goyke, Johnson, Bernard Schaber, Billings, Clark, Genrich, Hebl, Hesselbein, Hulsey, Kahl, Kessler, Kolste, Ohnstad, Pasch, Pope, Riemer, Ringhand, Sargent, Sinicki, C. Taylor, Wright, Young, Zamarripa and Zepnick
Status: Referred to Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs
 AB118 SupportExceptions to the prohibition against firearms in school zones. Introduced by Representatives Pridemore, Thiesfeldt, T. Larson, Brooks and KnodlStatus: Committee on Judiciary
 AB178 SupportProtection and operation of certain existing sport shooting ranges. Introduced by Representatives Krug, Kleefisch, Tranel, Petryk, Marklein, Spiros, Tittl, Doyle, Ballweg and Loudenbeck;
cosponsored by Senators Kedzie, Lassa, Grothman and L. Taylor
Status: Referred to Committee on Rules
 AB221 OpposeProhibition on certain bullets and providing a penalty. Introduced by Representatives Kessler and Sinicki; cosponsored by Senator Risser Status: Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice
 AB222 OpposeBan on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. Introduced by Representatives Kessler, Barnes, Johnson, Sinicki and C. Taylor;
cosponsored by Senator Risser.
Status: Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice
 AB368 SupportPurchases or transfers of rifles or shotguns in other states. Introduced by Representatives Spiros, Born, Brooks, Craig, Jagler, Kleefisch, Knudson, T. Larson, Murphy, Nass, A. Ott, Pridemore, Sanfelippo, Thiesfeldt, Tittl and Petryk;
cosponsored by Senators Tiffany, Farrow, Grothman, Lazich, Moulton and Schultz
Status: Referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage
 SB102 OpposeProhibition against carrying firearms in the capitol. Introduced by Senators Risser, Lehman and T. Cullen;
cosponsored by Representatives Sargent, Pasch, Barnes, Ohnstad, Hebl, Berceau, Sinicki and Pope
Status: Referred to Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs
 SB162 SupportProtection and operation of certain existing sport shooting ranges. Introduced by Senators Kedzie, Lassa, Grothman and L. Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Krug, Kleefisch, Tranel, Petryk, Marklein, Spiros, Tittl, Doyle, Ballweg and LoudenbeckPassed Wisconsin Act 35
 SB285 SupportPurchases or transfers of rifles or shotguns in other states. Introduced by Senators Tiffany, Farrow, Grothman, Lazich, Moulton and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Spiros, Born, Brooks, Craig, Jagler, Kleefisch, Knudson, T. Larson, Murphy, Nass, A. Ott, Pridemore, Sanfelippo, Thiesfeldt, Tittl and PetrykStatus: Referred to Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs
 AB9 Oppose Exempts police officers from prohibitions against carrying concealed weapons on private property. Introduced by Representatives Kleefisch, Danou, Jacque, Mursau, Stroebel, Bernier, Born, Swearingen, A. Ott, Brooks, Tranel, Nerison, Bies, Weatherston, Kaufert, Thiesfeldt, Jagler, Schraa, T. Larson, Knodl and Czaja; cosponsored by Senators Gudex, L. Taylor and Kedzie Status: Criminal Justice Committee

2013-2014 Session

112th Congress

Bill Position Author/Description Status
S150, S691 & HR 437 Oppose Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Rep. Carolyn McCarthy HR 437)
Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 – (Sec. 3) Amends the federal criminal code to ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon, including:   a semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: (1) a pistol grip; (2) a forward grip; (3) a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; (4) a grenade or rocket launcher; (5) a barrel shroud; or (6) a threaded barrel; a semiautomatic rifle or pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds; a semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: (1) a threaded barrel, (2) a second pistol grip, (3) a barrel shroud, (4) the capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip … Read more
3/14/2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.House version HR 437 Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
S649 OpposeSafe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013Sen. Harry Reid.Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 – Amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NICS Act), the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act), the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and the federal criminal code to require background checks for all firearm sales, prohibit straw purchases of firearms, and expand the school safety grant program.Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 – Amends the NICS Act to eliminate from the records concerning persons who are prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, about which a state must submit estimates to the Attorney General for purposes of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System: (1) a record that identifies a person for whom an indictment has been returned for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or who is a fugitive from justice and for which a record of final disposition is not available; and (2) a record that identifies a person who is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance. Directs the Attorney General to establish the applicable time period for the occurrence of events which would disqualify a person from possessing a firearm (currently, within the prior 20 years) in pertinent records. Read more 4/11/2013 Senate floor actions. Status: Measure laid before Senate by motion.  

2011-2012 Session

State Legislature

Bill Position Author/Description Status
AB69SB79 Support Castle doctrine, self-defense.     Introduced by Representatives KAUFERT, MURSAU, JACQUE, LEMAHIEU, ZIEGELBAUER, NASS, KERKMAN, WILLIAMS, SPANBAUER, PETRYK,KNODL, PETROWSKI, KESTELL, STEINEKE, AUGUST, LITJENS, A. OTT, DANOU, TAUCHEN, KRUG, STRACHOTA, RIPP, HONADEL, FARROW and THIESFELDT, cosponsored by Senators WANGGAARD, LEIBHAM, HOLPERIN, LAZICH, COWLES, OLSEN, VUKMIR, GROTHMAN, HANSEN, GALLOWAY, DARLING, HARSDORF, HOPPER, TAYLOR and MOULTON.
Passed
AB116 SB71 Oppose Microstamp requirement for handguns in Wisconsin.
Introduced by Representatives YOUNG, E. COGGS, SINICKI, KESSLER, BERCEAU, GRIGSBY, HULSEY and TURNER, cosponsored by Senators S. COGGS and RISSER.
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.
AB126 SB90 SB93 Support Carry Concealed Weapons. Introduced by Senators GALLOWAY, GROTHMAN, KEDZIE, LAZICH,
LEIBHAM, MOULTON, HOLPERIN, VUKMIR and ZIPPERER, cosponsored by Representatives MURSAU, KLEEFISCH, AUGUST, FARROW, KAPENGA, KERKMAN,KESTELL, KNILANS, KNUDSON, KOOYENGA, KRAMER, KRUG, KUGLITSCH, T. LARSON,LEMAHIEU, MURTHA, NASS, RIVARD, SEVERSON, STRACHOTA, TAUCHEN, THIESFELDT and WYNN.
Passed
SB134 Oppose Ban on private handgun sales, mandatory NICS checks for all private handgun sales.   Introduced by Senators CARPENTER, S. COGGS and C. LARSON,
cosponsored by Representatives D. CULLEN, SPANBAUER, TURNER, ZEPNICK and
BERCEAU.
Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
 SB228 Support
Repeal of mandatory gun cases in motor vehicles and motor boats.Introduced by Senators MOULTON, HOLPERIN, KEDZIE, GALLOWAY and LAZICH, cosponsored by Representatives KRUG, SPANBAUER, BERNIER, JACQUE, ENDSLEY, RIPP, KLEEFISCH, RIVARD, STROEBEL, TAUCHEN, MURSAU, CRAIG and RADCLIFFE.  Passed

2011-2012 Session

112th Congress

Bill Position Author/Description Status
HR1540 Oppose
Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA). National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Indefinite detainment of U.S. Citizens without trial or due process. Recommended ReadingBecame Public Law No: 112-81
HR3594 SupportRep. Joe Walsh (R-IL). Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should not adopt any treaty that poses a threat to national sovereignty or abridges the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as the right to bear arms, and should cease the provision of financial support to any entity that does so.House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
 HR77 OpposeRep Jackson-Lee (D-TX). Border Security, Cooperation, and Act NOW Drug War Prevent. Increase ATF/DEA/Border Patrol agents to block “illicit” funnel of firearms into Mexico.Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism
 HR308 OpposeRep. McCarthy (D-NY). Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Ban. To permanently (and with no-grandfather provisions) prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
 HR496 OpposeRep. King (D-NY). Securing Citizens’ Protection at Federal Events Act – Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any person from carrying a firearm at a place which the person knows is a restricted firearms zone.Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
 HR822 OpposeRep. Stearns (R-FL). National Firearms Reciprocity Bill. Federal government imposing concealed carry standards on the states.Committee on the Judiciary.
HR1781 OpposeRep. McCarthy (D-NY). Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011. Bans all private sales without background checks. “IN GENERAL- It shall be unlawful for an unlicensed transferor to transfer a firearm to an unlicensed transferee.”Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
HR2554 OpposeRep. Maloney (D-NY). Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act of 2011. Uses interstate commerce clause to go after firearms transactions. Broadly worded to make any possibility of unlawful use reason to convict almost anyone even remotely related to a legitimate transaction.Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
 HR591 OpposeRep. McCarthy (D-NY). Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2011.Imposes recordkeeping requirements on gun show operators and criminal penalties for failure to register as a gun show operator and maintain required records.Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the business premises of any gun show operator, without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, to examine records and inventory to determine compliance with this Act.Increases criminal penalties for serious recordkeeping violations and violations of criminal background check requirements.Authorizes the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to hire additional investigators to carry out inspections of gun shows.Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
 HR615 SupportRep. Lummis (R-WY). Collectible Firearms Protection Act. Amends the Arms Export Control Act to allow the importation of certain firearms listed as curios or relics into the United States by a licensed importer without the requirement of an authorization from or payment to the Department of State or the Department of Defense (DOD) upon certification to the Attorney General that such firearms are lawfully possessed under the laws of the exporting country.Committee on Foreign Affairs
HR1898 SupportRep. Rehberg (R-MT). Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. Prohibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), considering any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.House Committee on Veterans Affairs
 S32 OpposeSen. Lautenberg (D-NY). Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Ac. Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit: (1) the transfer or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, except for its lawful possession within the United States on or before the date of this Act’s enactment; and (2) the importation or bringing into the United States of such a device.Committee on the Judiciary
 S35 OpposeSen. Lautenberg (D-NY). Gun Show Background Check Act of 2011. Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors.Provides that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General. Sets forth penalties for violations.Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act.Committee on the Judiciary
 S176 OpposeSen. Boxer (D-CA). Common Sense Concealed Firearms Permit Act of 2011. Amends the federal criminal code to direct each state that allows its residents to carry concealed firearms to establish a process through which a resident must obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Requires a state to: (1) ensure that a local law enforcement agency participates in the process; and (2) require that an applicant be a legal resident of the United States, be not less than 21 years of age, demonstrate good cause for requesting the permit, and demonstrate that he or she is worthy of the public trust to carry a concealed firearm in public.Requires any such process that allows an agency other than a law enforcement agency to issue such permits to require: (1) a local law enforcement agency to submit to the agency responsible a written report that describes whether the applicant meets the state’s standards to carry a concealed firearm, and (2) the agency responsible to maintain such report in the applicant’s file.Committee on the Judiciary
 S436 OpposeSen. Schumer (D-NY). Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011. Amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NICS Act) to increase the amount of a state’s allocation under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program that the Attorney General shall withhold to: (1) 15% in FY2013-FY2017 if the state provides less than 75% of the records required to be provided under the NICS Act’s requirements regarding making data electronically available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and (2) 25% in FY2018 and thereafter if the state provides less than 90% of the records required. Authorizes the Attorney General to reduce the percentage of the amount withheld if a state provides substantial evidence that it is making a reasonable effort to comply. Requires any withheld funds to be transferred to the appropriations account for state and local law enforcement assistance, Office of Justice Programs, of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Expresses the sense of Congress that any funds transferred should be used to carry out activities described in the NICS Act.Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

2009-2010 Session

State Legislature

Bill Position Author/Description Status
AB193 SB129 Support Reps. Danou, Hraychuck and Sen. Holperin Castle Doctrine, “Stand Your Ground” right to use deadly force to thwart attack Introduced Assembly Senate
AB70 SB44 Oppose Expansion of National Instant Check System (NICS) background checks to include far-reaching mental health data, disarm gun owners without due process and expand the de facto gun registration scheme AB70 – Public Hearing Held 3/5/09 SB44 – Commitee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance Campaign Finance Reform and Housing
AB75 Oppose State budget bill; contains proposal to increase the cost of firearm background checks from $8 to $30. Referred to joint survey committe on retirement systems
AB221 Oppose Rep. Leon Young. Microstamping semi-automatic handguns with traceable codes Introduced referred to criminal justice committee
SB 167 Support Senator Jim Holperin. Youth hunting mentor program, lower hunting age to 10 Awaiting approval by Governor

2009-2010 Session

111th Congress

Bill Position Author/Description Status
HR45 Oppose National Gun Registration Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 Introduced in US House

2007-2008 Session

State Legislature

Bill Position Author/Description Status
SB104 Oppose Spencer Coggs (D-6th) “Responsible Gun Ownership Bill” – all private sales of handguns to be conducted through NICS Stalled in Cmte. on labor, elections, and urban affairs
AB251 Oppose Reps. Bies, Mursau, Townsend – Increases penalties for discharging a firearm with 220 yards of a municipal building Public Hearing He;d
SB162 Oppose State Senators Risser, Carpenter, Lassa Expanding domestic abuse definitions to include broad animal abuse accusations Senate Cmte. on Children and Family Law
AB581 Support Rep. Gunderson (R-Waterford) Restricts emergency powers for state officials; emergency powers may not be used to ban gun ownership in times of declared natural or man-made crises   Approved & Published – Act 87
AB877 Oppose Rep. Don Friske (R-Merrill) Cops Only Concealed Carry “Citizen Disarmament and Cop Empowerment Gun Control Act of 2008” DOA
AB35 Support Rep. Owens Castle Doctrine, “Stand Your Ground” right to use deadly force to thwart attack Senate Cmte. Failed

2007-2008 Session

110th Congress

Bill Position Author/Description Status
HR1022 Oppose C. McCarthy (D) Assault weapons ban House Subcmte. on Crime, Homeland Security
HR297 HR2640 Oppose C. McCarthy (D) NICS Expansion Signed into law by President Bush, Tuesday, January 8, 2008
HR6257 Oppose Rep. Mark Kirk [R-IL]; Rep. Michael Castle [R-DE]; Rep. Michael Ferguson [R-NJ]; Rep. Christopher Shays [R-CT] ‘Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2008’ Jun 12, 2008: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

2005-2006 Session

State Legislature

Bill Position Author/Description Status
SB148 Oppose Sen. Coggs: Register all Milwaukee Co. guns with Dept. of Justice Stalled in Committee since 3/29/2005
AB 56 Support Rep. Pettis: State gun liability protection Vetoed 1/6/2006
AB 718 Support Rep. Wieckert: Tax relief for gun clubs Passed 4/14/2006
SB 403 AB 763   Support1 Rep. Gunderson, Sen. Zien: Shall-Issue concealed carry Failed veto override 1/31/2006
AB 586 Support2 Rep. Gunderson: Changing the minor hunting age to 10 Committee on Finance since 3/14/2006
AB 748 Oppose Reps Van Roy, Gard, Gunderson: Making it illegal to discharge a firearm in the direction of power lines, towers or electrical transmission facilities Passed 3/21/2006
AB 677 Support Rep. Suder: Relaxing restrictions on firearm transportation while hunting Public hearing held 10/19/2005

1 Pending removal of objectionable anti-gun language

2 Pending removal of one gun per minor and guardian requirement

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