Rep. Schraa releases Firearms Freedom Act
WI) – State Representative Michael Schraa announced legislation today to
protect Wisconsin from unconstitutional gun control measures being pushed on
the federal level. The bill would bar
local and state law enforcement officers from assisting in the enforcement of
federal measures to ban certain firearms, firearm accessories, magazines, or
types of bullets.
“This bill, the Firearms Freedom
Act, sends a simple message to the federal government,” said Schraa (R –
Oshkosh). “Wisconsin will not help you
take away our second amendment rights.”
provisions against enforcing certain federal gun control measures only apply to
local and state law enforcement officers, and do not in any way affect federal
law enforcement officers. This
approach is similar in legal precedence to certain states’ stances on minor
drug violations, that local and state law enforcement do not enforce certain
federal laws, but do not interfere with federal law enforcement activities.
Also included in the legislation is protections for officers from
demotion, termination, or other punishment for following this law. The language of the protections is taken
directly from the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights that already exists
in state statute.
would also bar a physician, other than a psychiatrist, from requiring a patient
to disclose if they own firearms. In
January, President Barack Obama through executive action made it his administration’s
official stance that no federal law is stopping doctors from asking patients
about gun ownership.
“Owning a firearm, or not owning
a firearm, is a personal decision that has nothing to do with your physical health,”
said Schraa. “Patients should not feel
intimidated or harassed by their physicians over the exercise of a
provision of the bill declares that firearms manufactured in Wisconsin and
including the stamp “Made in Wisconsin” is not subject to federal interstate
commerce regulation as the firearm has not traveled between states.
The Council of State Governments, over 30 states are considering similar bills,
and eight have already enacted similar measures.
Rep. Schraa lives
in the Town of Algoma near Oshkosh. He 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.