On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Representative Subeck Calls for Legislative Action to Prevent Future Tragedies

June 2, 2016

MADISON – Today, community members, legislators, and advocacy groups observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor those whose lives have been cut short by gun violence and to call for action to prevent future tragedies.

“On this year’s Gun Violence Awareness Day, Wisconsin is reminded of the failure of Republicans to take any meaningful action during the last legislative session to reduce gun violence,” said Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison). “At a time when our community has seen a surge in violence involving firearms, we must make public safety a top priority."

Today, Rep. Subeck pledged to reintroduce her “Safe Storage for Gun Safety” package of legislation during the next legislative session. This package of bills would keep guns out of the hands of those who should not possess them. These bills would require reporting of lost or stolen firearms, locking devices on guns when children or those prohibited from owning a firearm are present, and providing that all gun purchases include a gun safe or trigger lock device.  

Additionally, Rep. Subeck reaffirmed her support for other common sense gun safety measures introduced by Democrats during the last legislative session, including requiring background checks for all gun purchases and restoring Wisconsin’s 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

“Every family wants to know that they and their children are safe whether they are home, at school, at work, or out in the community,” said Rep. Subeck. “While Republicans have stood in the way of even the most common sense measures like requiring background checks for all gun purchases, I remain committed to keeping our community safe. We must take bold and swift action in the next legislative session to prevent further gun violence.”