New AG Kaul calls for new ‘red flag’ gun law that could take firearms from those posing a threat

New AG Kaul calls for new ‘red flag’ gun law that could take firearms from those posing a threat
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New Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul called for new gun laws in his inauguration speech after criticizing Republican lawmakers for stripping power from his office.

Kaul took the oath of office Monday along with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers during a ceremony in a packed state Capitol rotunda.

.@JoshKaulWI begins by talking about the lame duck session and stripping power from DOJ. #news3 pic.twitter.com/EU5fuYgsx4

— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) January 7, 2019

“Today’s inauguration takes place in atypical circumstances,” Kaul said. “Last month, the powers of our two state constitutional offices were diminished after the election for those offices had been held. That action, unprecedented in Wisconsin, and designed to hinder our ability to do the job that voters elected us to do, will have an impact. But I want to make clear that, irrespective of the action taken by the lame-duck Legislature, the priorities of the Wisconsin Department of Justice are changing.”

Kaul said his tenure would see a sharper focus on environmental and consumer protection, but then also said he was calling for more action on school safety.

#BREAKING: @JoshKaulWI calls for a “red flag law” to temporarily disarm someone who poses a threat to a school, universal background checks for gun purchases. #news3 pic.twitter.com/6PlDZ94hri

— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) January 7, 2019

“I am calling for a red-flag law that will allow law enforcement or family members to go to judge and ensure that somebody who is a threat to themselves or others is temporarily disarmed,” Kaul said. “I am calling for universal background checks for firearm purchases. And I am calling for long-term funding for mental health programs in our schools.”

Wispolitics.com reported Monday that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he was “open to the idea” of the “red flag’ laws but was concerned about the scope of the law, saying he was “very fearful of taking away anyone’s constitutional rights without a very high threshold.”

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