Wisconsin Assembly clears 2nd Amendment sanctuary bill exempting gunowners from federal regulations

MADISON, Wis. — A bill that would prohibit enforcement of federal gun restricts on Wisconsin gunowners cleared the Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday. It’s part of a “Second Amendment sanctuary” wave of bills that have been passing state and local governments nationwide in the past year.

“This will not allow any state funding to be used to confiscate legally possessed firearms, and that would be from the DOJ down to the local municipalities of law enforcement,” bill author Rep. Treig Pronschinske (R-Mondovi) said in a press conference Wednesday.

Second Amendment bills have been deemed unconstitutional elsewhere in the country, although not all of them are written to have any legal component other than a symbolic gesture.

But with the Wisconsin bill comes potential loopholes, according to a memo from the Wisconsin Legislative Council provided to Rep. Tip McGuire (D-Kenosha). The bill could stop law enforcement from being able to confiscate guns from people convicted of domestic abuse crimes, a federal law that has no state-level counterpart.

“The bill would appear to prohibit” anyone from the DOJ to local law enforcement from confiscating guns or ammunition on a domestic abuse basis, the memo states. “Resolving this tension may depend on the meaning given to the word ‘confiscate’.”

The bill is unlikely to gain Gov. Evers’ signature, and cleared the Assembly on party lines with Democrats largely voting against the bill; Rep. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D-Milwaukee) did not vote and Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range) voted for it.