Rep. Schraa: Building
a bomb, owning an assault weapon the same crime under Democrat bill
(Madison, WI) – Owning
a weapon with certain cosmetic features will be a heinous crime in the same
classification as building a bomb under a Democrat-sponsored bill announced two
weeks ago. The bill would make owning a “high
capacity” magazine or an “assault weapon” a Class H felony, punishable by a
$10,000 fine, six years in prison, or both.
legislators really feel that building a bomb is the same as owning and
responsibly using a magazine that holds
eleven rounds?” asked State Rep. Michael Schraa (R – Town of Algoma)
incredulously. “I’m appalled that this
horribly misguided bill makes criminals out of responsible gun owners.”
Other Class H
felonies include selling human organs, strangulation, child abuse, and arson.
“For simply having a
routine gun magazine or a gun with certain aesthetic features like a pistol
grip, Democrats want to put law-abiding gun owners in the same class as an
arsonist,” said Schraa.
“If these lawmakers
get their way, someone who threatens the release of anthrax will be guilty of
the same crime as someone who owns a rifle with a pistol grip,” said
owners across Wisconsin deserve an apology,” concluded Schraa, who added, “I
want to make it clear to the hunters, sports-men and -women, and other 2nd
amendment enthusiasts: I will fiercely defend your rights and oppose these
Rep. Schraa serves
the 53rd Assembly District, which is comprised of 17 villages and towns and
three cities. The northern area covers
the Town of Oshkosh and several wards in the City of Oshkosh, west from the
Town of Algoma to Omro and south covering the City of Waupun and the Village of
North Fond du Lac.
UPDATE 2/28/2013: The bill referenced above has not yet been formally introduced. It was proposed by Reps. Mandela Barnes, Evan Goyke, Fred Kessler, and Sen. Nikiya Harris.