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Walker supports mayor’s call for gun sentence

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (right) talks to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during a session of the National Governors Association meeting Sunday in Milwaukee. Walker spared two UW-Madison projects Tuesday from cuts to the state’s construction budget. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (right) talks to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during a session of the National Governors Association meeting Sunday in Milwaukee. Walker says there would be bipartisan support for mandatory minimum sentences for illegally possessing a gun. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he believes there would be significant bipartisan support in the Legislature to create a mandatory minimum sentence for those who illegally possess a gun.

Walker says such a measure also has his support. The governor commented after a news conference Wednesday that was hosted by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn. They called for the minimum sentence and asked the state to provide $500,000 in matching money to help pay police overtime to stem recent gun violence in the city.

The Journal Sentinel reports Walker said that if the state provided that money to Milwaukee, there would likely be a long line of mayors from elsewhere in the state asking for money.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling is drafting a bill that would impose a three-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

One comment

  1. Once again, pandering politicians pretending they are better situated to impose sentences than fully informed and supposedly independent judges. Not surprising that Sen. Darling jumped right on it. This kind of silliness is her M.O.

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