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Wisconsin Republicans seek to shield state gun owners

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Future federal laws that would ban or restrict the use of guns could not be enforced in Wisconsin under a Republican-backed bill up for Assembly approval.

The bill up for a vote Wednesday is part of a national wave of similar proposals intended to resist new gun control measures.

The bills in Wisconsin and other states are a reaction from Republicans to a push from President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress to tighten gun control laws.

The bill specifies that if Congress were to pass any laws that outlaw certain types of guns or regulate accessories - such as limiting magazine capacities - police and sheriff's departments in Wisconsin could not enforce those laws.

Many previous GOP state efforts to thwart gun laws have been found unconstitutional.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers indicated last week he would veto the bill should it reach his desk.

"It'd be great to have our legislature come together and take a look at gun safety in total," Evers said. "Instead of these small steps backwards instead of a large step forward."

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