Bies Proposes Bill Dealing With Abusers & Weapons

Domestic abusers who don’t give up their weapons as required could face more punishment under a bill proposed in the state legislature. State Representative Garey Bies is asking colleagues to sign on to his measure. It would create a process in which courts can verify whether people under restraining orders for domestic or child abuse comply with court orders to surrender their firearms. The Sister Bay republican says the idea is to prevent abusers from offending again when the situation arises. At the very least, Bies says they would have to look harder to find a weapon &, by then, their heat of passion may have gone away. Bies says many counties in Wisconsin don’t have a mechanism in place to check weapons of abusers. He expects his measure to get final approval by the end of the year.

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