Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers rolled out red-flag legislation Thursday and said he would consider requiring gun owners to sell off some of their weapons.
Republicans who control the Legislature immediately rejected both ideas, much as they resisted an earlier proposal from Evers for expanded background checks. The red-flag legislation Evers touted Thursday would allow judges to take guns away from people who are deemed to be a danger.
"Each and every day officials choose cowardice over common sense," Evers said at a Capitol news conference. "That choice has significant consequences. The consequences of inaction are too high, folks."
Responding to a question at the news conference, Evers said he was open to a proposal by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke that would require people to sell their military-style weapons. But Evers said he was putting his attention on expanded background checks and red-flag legislation — ideas that polling has shown are overwhelmingly popular with the public.
"I’d consider (mandatory gun buybacks), but my focus is on these two bills and on the two offices that would be able to prevent it from going to hearing and to a vote," Evers said, referring to the Legislature's GOP leaders.